Luis Durnwalder

Luis Durnwalder
President of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
In office
17 February 2008  15 June 2011
Preceded by Lorenzo Dellai
Succeeded by Lorenzo Dellai
Preceded by Carlo Andreotti
Governor of South Tyrol
In office
17 March 1989  9 January 2014
Preceded by Silvius Magnago
Succeeded by Arno Kompatscher
Personal details
Born (1941-09-23) 23 September 1941
Pfalzen, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party South Tyrolean People's Party
Residence Bolzano

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.[1]


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.[2]


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