Martin Bartenstein

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Martin Bartenstein
Bartenstein-Martin 2009.jpg
Martin Bartenstein in 2009
Minister of Economy and Labor
In office
11 January 2007 – 2008
Prime MinisterAlfred Gusenbauer
Minister of Environment, Youth, and Family Affairs
In office
Prime MinisterFranz Vranitzky
Viktor Klima
Personal details
Born (1953-06-03) 3 June 1953 (age 65)
Graz, Austria
Political partyAustrian People's Party
Alma materUniversity of Graz

Martin Bartenstein (born 3 June 1953) is an Austrian businessman and politician who held different cabinet portfolios between 1995 and 2008. He is a member of the Austrian People's Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Bartenstein was born in Graz on 3 June 1953.[1] He obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Graz in 1978.[2]


Bartenstein started his career at his family's company, Lannacher Heilmittel GmbH, in 1978[3] and worked there until 1995. He also founded his own firm, Genericon, in 1986.[3]

In 1991 Bartenstein became a member of the Austrian parliament for the Austrian People's Party.[2] He served as the minister of environment and public economy from May 1995 to 1996.[3] He was minister of environment, youth, and family affairs from 1996 to 2000.[4] In this post he served first in the cabinet of Franz Vranitzky and then in the cabinet of Viktor Klima.[4]

Then he was named minister of economy and labor in 2000.[1] He retained his post in the coalition cabinet formed by Prime Minister Wolfgang Schussel in March 2003.[5] On 11 January 2007 he became again minister of economy and labor in the coalition cabinet led by Prime Minister Alfred Gusenbauer.[6] In 2012, Bartenstein was made the traffic affairs spokesman of the Austrian People's Party.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bartenstein married Ilse Bartenstein in 1983 and they have five children, a daughter and four sons.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Who's who in the Gusenbauer cabinet". Wikileaks. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Martin Bartenstein". Vienna Economic Forum. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Martin Bartenstein Ph.D." BusinessWeek. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Günter Bischof; Anton Pelinka; Ferdinand Karlhofer (1 January 1999). The Vranitzky Era in Austria. Transaction Publishers. p. 299. ISBN 978-1-4128-4113-9. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ "New government coalition formed in Austria". KUNA. 1 March 2003. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  6. ^ Günter Bischof; Fritz Plasser (January 2008). The Changing Austrian Voter. Transaction Publishers. p. 340. ISBN 978-1-4128-1932-9. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Bartenstein suggests Swiss strategy". Austrian Independent. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2013.