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Former Minister of Health, Author
Rudi Anschober was born on November 21, 1960 in Wels, Upper Austria, and grew up in Schwanenstadt. He graduated from high school in Vöcklabruck, trained as an elementary school teacher in Salzburg and attended the journalism academy in Linz. Anschober worked as a teacher until he entered the National Council as spokesman for the Green Alternative Upper Austria in November 1990 and became spokesman for security, transport, anti-nuclear and home affairs in the second Green parliamentary group. In 1997, Anschober managed to enter the Upper Austrian parliament as a top candidate for the Greens, and in 2003 he became a member of the state government. For the first time, a black-green government coalition was formed in Upper Austria. Until January 2020, Anschober was responsible in the Upper Austrian state government for the environment, climate protection, water, consumer protection and, from 2015, for integration issues. After his inauguration on January 7, 2020, Anschober became Minister for Health, Social Affairs, Care and Consumer Protection in the first Turkish-Green federal government. In April 2021, Anschober retired from politics for health reasons. Today, Anschober works as an author and lecturer, and lives in Vienna.