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Gustav Zeillinger (1917-1997)

Founding member of the FPÖ

First FPÖ-nominated Ombudsman (1977-1983)

Gustav Zeillinger was politically active immediately after the founding in 1949 of the LZechmann Heinricheague of Independents (Verband der Unabhängigen, or VdU). Initially, he was chairman of the League’s provincial branch in Salzburg. He then served as a VdU member of the National Council from 1953 and finally, once the FPÖ had been founded, as an FPÖ member of the National Council (from 1956 to 1977). In addition, Zeillinger was a member of the National Defence Council (Landesverteidigungsrat), chairman of the parliamentary Justice Committee (1970-77) and from 1977 to 1983 served as the first FPÖ-nominated Ombudsman. He was awarded the Grand Decoration in Silver with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria.

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