Heinz Fischer

Heinz Fischer GColIH OMRI RSerafO GCollSE (German pronunciation: [haɪnts ˈfɪʃɐ] (listen); born 9 October 1938 in Graz, Styria) is a former Austrian politician. He took office as President of Austria on 8 July 2004 and was re-elected for a second and last term on 25 April 2010, leaving office on 8 July 2016. Fischer previously served as minister of science from 1983 to 1987 and as president of the National Council of Austria from 1990 to 2002. A member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), he suspended his party membership for the duration of his presidency.[1][2]

Heinz Fischer

President of Austria
In office
8 July 2004  8 July 2016
Chancellor
Preceded byThomas Klestil
Succeeded byAlexander Van der Bellen
Second President of the National Council
In office
20 December 2002  16 June 2004
Preceded byThomas Prinzhorn
Succeeded byBarbara Prammer
President of the National Council
In office
5 November 1990  20 December 2002
Preceded byRudolf Pöder
Succeeded byAndreas Khol
Minister of Science and Research
In office
24 May 1983  21 January 1987
Chancellor
Preceded byHertha Firnberg
Succeeded byHans Tuppy
Personal details
Born (1938-10-09) 9 October 1938 (age 82)
Graz, Reichsgau Steiermark, State of Austria, Nazi Germany (now Graz, Styria, Austria)
Political partySocial Democratic Party (before 2004-2016; 2016-present)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (2004-16)
Spouse(s)Margit Binder
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Vienna
AwardsOrder of Merit of the Italian Republic
Order of Prince Henry
Royal Order of the Seraphim
Military Order of Saint James of the Sword