Michael Spindelegger was the former Minister of Finance, Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Austrian People´s Party (ÖVP) until 2014
Born on 21 December 1959 close to Vienna, Austria, Michael Spindelegger went to Grammar School in Lower Austria and completed his officer´s training at the Austrian Military Service. After finishing his university degree as Doctor of Law Spindelegger was Assistant Lecturer for Criminal Law. In the late 1980's Spindelegger became member of the cabinet of the Minister of Defence. A trainee program at the Federation of Austrian Industrialists allowed him to gain work experience in companies like Alcatel Austria, Siemens and the Austrian Power Industry followed by an Austrian bank.
He started his political career as member of the Federal Chamber in the Austrian Parliament in the early 90ies followed by a mandate in the National Assembly and subsequently becoming member of the European Parliament as well. He was his party´s speaker on Foreign Affairs and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as head of the Austrian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2006 Michael Spindelegger became Deputy Speaker of the Austrian Parliament which position he held until 2008 when he became Foreign Minister of Austria. On 21 April 2011 Spindelegger was sworn in as Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria. He officially took over the party leadership of the Austrian People´s Party (ÖVP) in May of the same year. Following the elections in September 2013 which saw ÖVP return to government, Michael Spindelegger took over as Minister of Finance. He resigned as Deputy Chancellor, Finance Minister and OVP Party Chairman in August 2014.
Michael Spindelegger is married and has two sons.