Mayor Klaus Luger, SPÖ

The mayor assumes a central function in the context of the administration of the city. He represents the city to the outside and is responsible for conducting the business of the city as the head of city administration. He decrees the internal rules of procedure and the distribution of business for the city administration with confirmation from the City Senate. The mayor also has the power to make emergency decisions, if an urgently required decision cannot be made in time by the City Senate and the City Council.

The mayor is the chair of both the City Council and the City Senate and is responsible for the execution of resolutions from both bodies in consultation with the other members of the City Senate. Like all other members of the City Senate, the mayor is also responsible for a sector of his own. In the fulfillment of all these tasks in his area of responsibility, the mayor is accountable to the City Council.

Unlike the other decision-making bodies of the city, the mayor is not only responsible for affairs in his own sector, but is also accountable for all the tasks of the assigned sphere of operations of the city. In these matters he is bound to directives from the responsible decision-making bodies of the Federal Government and the Government of the Federal Province respectively and is accountable to these bodies.

Bürgermeister Klaus Luger

Biographical Resume

Full name: Klaus Luger

Date of birth: 8 November 1960

Place of birth: Linz

Marital status: married to Mag.a Michaela Mader

Children: Twin sons Paul and Thomas (born in 1998) from a previous marriage; daughter Zoe (born in 2008) from Ms. Mader’s previous marriage

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, football


  • AHS-Matura
  • Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Linz
  • Degree in History and Journalism at the University of Salzburg

Professional Career

  • Academic advisor at the Institut für Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Institute for Social and Economic Sciences) in Linz 
  • District manager of the SPÖ (Social Democratic Party) in Linz

Political Career/Functions

  • 1990 – 2000 Chairman of the SPÖ-Karlhof 
  • 1992 – 2003 District manager of the SPÖ in Linz 
  • 2003 – 2009 City councillor for land-use planning, building laws and personnel 
  • 2009 – 2013 Deputy mayor 
  • As of 7 November 2013: Mayor of the city of Linz 

Functions in the City of Linz

  • Board chairman Linz AG 
  • Board chairman LIVA Linzer Veranstaltungsgesellschaft mbH 
  • Board chairman Design Center Linz Betriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG
  • Board chairman Tabakfabrik Linz Entwicklungs- und Betriebsgesellschaft
  • Board chairman UGL-Holding GmbH
  • Board chairman KKV-Holding GmbH
  • Board member Kepler-Universitätsklinikum GmbH
  • Chairman of the committee of financial and administrative matters matters and innovation 
  • Member of the pedagogical HR board of Fachhochschule Oö. Studienbetriebs GmbH

Department My responsibilities as a City Senate member