Mario Lindner

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Mario Lindner (2017)

Mario Lindner (born March 30, 1982 in Leoben ) is an Austrian politician ( SPÖ ) and union official. From 2015 to 2017 he was a delegated member of the Austrian Federal Council from Styria and is currently the regional chairman of the SPÖ Liezen . From July 1 to December 31, 2016, Lindner was also President of the Federal Council . From November 2017 to October 2019 he was a member of his party in the Austrian National Council , where he was a spokesman for equal treatment, diversity and LGBTIQ *. Lindner has also been the federal chairman of the social democratic LGBTIQ * organization SoHo since June 2017 .

education and profession

Mario Lindner was born on March 30, 1982 in the Upper Styrian district capital Leoben and attended elementary school in Landl . He then attended secondary school in Eisenerz and the Eisenerz Commercial Academy for a year . He completed an apprenticeship as an electrician at the Austrian Federal Railways and was then employed there as a contact line technician.

Political career

Mario Lindner began his political career in the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions . At the end of 2002 he was elected as the successor to Michael Seemayer as the youth chairman of the parliamentary group of social democratic trade unionists . Later he switched to the campaign and organization department of the ÖGB. From 2004 Lindner was also a member of the board of the federal youth council . Lindner has been the regional secretary of the ÖGB in Liezen since January 2014.

With the municipal council elections in Styria in 2005 he moved into the municipal council of his home municipality Landl for the first time . From 2009 to 2015 he was vice mayor and local party chairman of the SPÖ. Since May 2015, Lindner has also been the party's regional chairman in the Liezen district . After the state elections in Styria in 2015 , Mario Lindner was sent to the Federal Council by the newly elected Styrian state parliament on June 16, 2015 , where he was sworn in on July 2, 2015. Since October 1, 2015, he has also been chairman of the regional management in his home district.

From July 1 to December 31, 2016, Lindner was President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria on a rotating basis . Politically, Lindner is primarily involved in the areas of moral courage , equal rights and labor and employment policy. As a regional politician, he has also campaigned in the past to strengthen rural regions.

On June 18, 2016, as part of his speech at the Vienna Rainbow Parade, Lindner came out with the words "I will be appointed President of the Federal Council in a few days, I will swear in this role to the new Federal President - and I am gay ". Since June 2017 Lindner has been federal chairman of the SPÖ's LGBTI organization SoHo .

After the National Council election on October 15, 2017 , Lindner entered the Austrian National Council as a candidate for the SPÖ federal list as the only openly gay member of parliament . The Styrian Elisabeth Grossmann moved up in his place in the Federal Council . After the National Council election in 2019 , he resigned from the National Council.

Political goals: equality, #DigitalCourage and uniform legislation

During his time as Federal and National Councilor, Mario Lindner has so far been particularly effective in promoting the issues of equality, digital civil courage and uniform legislation for the whole of Austria.

He put his presidency in the Federal Council under the motto of #DigitaleCourage, in order to give the fight against "online hatred" a new direction in the public debate: "Away from 'online hatred' to courage. Not against something, but to stand up for something." In the course of this initiative, Lindner also published the green paper "Digital Civil Courage" and invited experts to the Austrian parliament for an expert enquete.

"Courageous, courageous and extremely sensible" said Mario Lindner in a press release on October 29, 2016, the proposal by the Deputy Governor of Styria Michael Schickhofer to abolish the state legislation. “Concentrating legislation at the federal level, whereby implementation naturally remains with the states, strengthens the ability to act and leads to a reduction in bureaucracy. Let's dare to rethink Austria without blinkers! This is the only way we can advance our country ”, said Federal Councilor Lindner.

In the press release, Lindner questioned why a small country like Austria has regulated such essential areas as youth protection, child care or social welfare differently in nine different ways. "That is unnecessarily complicated and, as the current negotiations on minimum income make clear, it leads to solutions being delayed or even blocked," explained Lindner. Should the state legislation be abolished in favor of effective federal legislation, Lindner can, in return, imagine that the states will have more say in federal legislation. In which form, one would then have to look closely. "One thing is clear: this question is about more efficiency and the ability to act, but not about weakening the federal states," as Lindner emphasizes.

As federal chairman of the SoHo, Lindner has been campaigning for equal rights for gays, lesbians, intersex people and transgender people since his outing. In addition to calling for marriage to be open to same-sex families, he particularly focused on the leveling-up, i.e. the expansion of protection against discrimination in the Federal Equal Treatment Act, and the public visibility of the LGBTI * community.


Mario Lindner is an openly homosexual , and with his public outing in June 2016 he achieved a great deal of media interest as Austria's temporarily third-highest official at the time . He is one of the closest friends of the Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst .

Web links

Commons : Mario Lindner  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kleine Zeitung GmbH & Co KG: Hakelziehn - This time the Federal President is sworn in by a Styrian. In: Small newspaper. Retrieved May 10, 2016 .
  2. a b After the election: Styrian Mario Lindner is moving to the National Council . In: . ( [accessed on October 26, 2017]).
  3. Mario Lindner is the new federal chairman of SoHo | Retrieved January 15, 2018 (German).
  4. FSG-Jugend: New chairman elected unanimously: Michael Seemayer hands over to Mario Lindner. December 1, 2002, accessed November 8, 2019 .
  5. ^ Mario Lindner | SPÖ - Social Democratic Party of Austria. In: Retrieved May 10, 2016 .
  6. Kleine Zeitung GmbH & Co KG: Landl - The new Federal Council chief. In: Small newspaper. Retrieved May 10, 2016 .
  7. Kleine Zeitung GmbH & Co KG: New Federal Council wants to prevent a shortage of doctors. In: Small newspaper. Retrieved May 10, 2016 .
  8. Die Presse: Chancellor Kern on the Rainbow Parade: "So what? It's 2016". In: The press. Retrieved June 19, 2016 .
  9. a b Bernd Seiser: Coming out of Federal Council President Mario Lindner. In: gay in vienna. Retrieved June 24, 2016 .
  10. ^ SPÖ Federal Councilor Lindner new SoHo chairman. Retrieved June 3, 2017 .
  11. ^ SPÖ mandate Mario Lindner sworn in as the only LGBT national councilor | Retrieved January 15, 2018 (German).
  12. johanna.hager: "From 'hatred on the net' to digital courage" . ( [accessed on January 15, 2018]).
  13. PK no. 1234/2016. Retrieved January 15, 2018 .
  14. Lindner supports the demand for uniform legislation for the whole of Austria : Press release APA-OTS, by Federal Council President Mario Lindner, SPÖ Federal Organization, Pressedienst, Löwelstrasse 18, 1014 Vienna, October 29, 2016
  15. Marriage for All from 2019: cheers from the opposition, sharp criticism from the church . In: . ( [accessed on January 15, 2018]).
  16. ^ Federal Council President Mario Lindner receives Conchita Wurst in parliament . In: . ( [accessed October 26, 2017]).
predecessor Office successor
Josef Saller President of the Austrian Federal Council
July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Sonja Ledl-Rossmann