|President of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol|
17 February 2008 – 15 June 2011
|Preceded by||Lorenzo Dellai|
|Succeeded by||Lorenzo Dellai|
|Preceded by||Carlo Andreotti|
|Governor of South Tyrol|
17 March 1989 – 9 January 2014
|Preceded by||Silvius Magnago|
|Succeeded by||Arno Kompatscher|
23 September 1941|
|Political party||South Tyrolean People's Party|
Luis Durnwalder (born 23 September 1941) is a politician of Italy, former governor of the (mainly German-speaking) autonomous province of South Tyrol from 1989 until 2014, and vice-president of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Northern Italy.
Durnwalder was born in Pfalzen. After attending school in Pfalzen and Brixen, he originally planned to enter an Augustinian choir at the Neustift monastery in Brixen; however, Durnwalder decided instead to study law and agriculture. During this time he began his political activity and became chairman of the student group Südtiroler Hochschülerschaft (until 1965).
In 1969, he became mayor of his home municipality and in 1973 delegate to the provincial state assembly; he was Regional Counsellor for the Land Register from 1973 to 1978. At that time he also worked as director of the farmers' association, Südtiroler Bauernbund, and moved to Bolzano, where he lives today. After the 1978 elections, he was promoted to member of the regional government. From 1989 until 2014 he presided over the provincial government as governor (Landeshauptmann).
Durnwalder is a member of the South Tyrolean People's Party. In the elections from 2003 and 2008 he was able to gather more than 100,000 primary votes, meaning that more than a quarter of all voters voted for him.
- "North Italy's success story amid faltering faith in Rome". The Daily Telegraph.
- South Tyrol Landtag elections 2008 at the Wayback Machine (archived April 26, 2016)
Media related to Luis Durnwalder at Wikimedia Commons