Dr. Erwin Pröll

Erwin Pröll was born on December 24, 1946 in Radlbrunn, the youngest son of a family of winegrowers. After graduating from high school in Tulln, he studied agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. His entry into politics took place on March 27, 1980, where he was appointed as regional councilor in the Lower Austrian state government.

Pröll worked for the Lower Austrian state government for a total of 37 years, including almost 25 years (from October 22, 1992 to April 19, 2017) as governor. He led Lower Austria into the new European environment after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One of Pröll's main concerns was an active location policy in order to strengthen Lower Austria in the areas of infrastructure, education, culture and science.

Pröll stood five times as the top candidate of the Lower Austrian People's Party in state elections, three times (2003, 2008 and 2013) he won an absolute majority.

On April 19, Pröll resigned as governor. Since May 10, 2017 he has been honorary chairman of the supervisory board of Kultur.Region.Niederösterreich GmbH and since September Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Lower Austria. Pröll has been married since 1971, has four children and lives with his wife Sissi in Radlbrunn.v