Thomas Widmann

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Thomas Widmann (born September 16, 1959 in Bozen ) is a South Tyrolean politician and member of the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP).

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He spent his childhood with his parents (SVP politician Franz Widmann and Pia Heren Widmann) and seven siblings on a farm in Bolzano. After secondary school , he attended the industrial high school specializing in mechanical engineering in Bolzano.

In 1979 Widmann moved to Vienna , where he studied agricultural economics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku) . He financed his studies with various part-time jobs. As a mountain biker and European Cup rider, he co-founded the “Bike” magazine, where he worked on the editorial team for two years. Widmann completed his studies in 1988 with a thesis on the effects of the separation of South Tyrol on the development of the Raiffeisen cooperatives as a graduate engineer .

In South Tyrol, Widmann began his professional career in 1989 as an assistant director at the South Tyrolean Farmers 'Union , and in 1993 he became director of the Farmers' Union. At the same time, he was president of the economic research institute WIFO for two years. From 1997 to 2003 he was state secretary of the South Tyrolean People's Party. Widmann is married, has four sons and lives in Afing . As a part-time job, he runs a farm there, between 2002 and 2009 (de facto 2011) he was co-owner of a winery in Tuscany .

In the 2003 elections , Widmann was able to win a mandate for the South Tyrolean state parliament and, at the same time, the regional council of Trentino-South Tyrol . He was then immediately elected to the state government , where he was responsible for the personnel, tourism, traffic and transport departments in the Durnwalder IV cabinet . Widmann was able to record the restart of the Vinschgau Railway, which, however, had already been expanded under his predecessor Michele Di Puppo . The ideas implemented under the aegis of Widmann include the so-called city buses (Brixen, Bruneck, Schlanders, Mals, Eppan, Toblach and in the Unterland), the new Rittner cable car , the Nightliners, which were called for by the younger generation in the SVP , and the new Pustertal Railway . Widmann is also responsible for the expansion of Bolzano Airport and the controversial establishment of the Safety Park in Pfatten .

In the 2008 elections , Widmann obtained 18,629 preferential votes and subsequently took over the handicrafts, industry, trade, mobility and personnel departments in the Durnwalder V cabinet as regional councilor. In the state elections in 2013 he was able to win another mandate with 14,202 preferential votes. On January 17, 2014, the plenum elected Widmann - at the suggestion of the new Governor Arno Kompatscher  - as President of the State Parliament with 20 votes. Halfway through the legislative period in May 2016, he handed over his office to Roberto Bizzo in accordance with the intended rotation principle and took over the post of Vice-President. A few days later he again took over the presidency of the regional council, having served there as vice-president for the first half of the legislative period.

In the 2018 state elections , Widmann won a fourth place in the state parliament and regional council with 10,590 preferential votes. After briefly serving again as President of the State Parliament and Vice President of the Regional Council, he resigned from these offices at the beginning of 2019 to take on a new role in the state government: in the Kompatscher II cabinet , he is responsible for the health, digital infrastructure and cooperative departments .

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Individual evidence

  1. Hans Karl Peterlini : The mild finish of a sharp . In: ff - South Tyrolean weekly magazine . No. 36 , September 6, 2012, p. 64-69 .
  2. Diploma thesis by Thomas Widmann (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 1988)
  3. ff - Südtiroler Wochenmagazin, No. 48/2013 of November 28, 2013, pp. 16–24
  4. ↑ Results of preferential votes from the 2008 state elections on the website of the Province of South Tyrol, accessed on February 1, 2011
  5. An overview of the 35 new members of the state parliament. Südtirol Online (, October 28, 2013, archived from the original on October 31, 2013 ; accessed on October 31, 2013 .
  6. The surprise. , January 17, 2014, archived from the original on January 19, 2014 ; Retrieved January 17, 2014 .
  7. Roberto Bizzo is the new President of the State Parliament. Südtirol Online (, May 23, 2016, archived from the original on May 23, 2016 ; accessed on May 23, 2016 .
  8. chair back in Regional: Widmann's new president. Südtirol Online (, May 30, 2016, archived from the original on May 30, 2016 ; accessed on May 30, 2016 .
  9. ↑ Preferred votes for South Tyrol as a whole. State elections 2018 (, archived from the original on November 5, 2018 ; accessed on November 1, 2018 .