Life and work
After attending elementary school and doing a craft apprenticeship, Tönjes worked as an engineering assistant at Norddeutscher Lloyd in Bremen . At the same time he attended the state engineering school, which he graduated as a civil engineer. He took part in the Second World War as a soldier in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 , most recently as a lieutenant in the reserve. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner by the British, from which he was released in 1947. He then worked as a federal railway official at the Deutsche Bundesbahn in Rheine .
Tönjes joined the SPD in 1945 and became district chairman of the party in Steinfurt in 1958 .
Tönjes was a council member of the city of Rheine from 1956 to 1956. He had been a member of the Steinfurt district council since 1956, where he was chairman of the SPD parliamentary group from 1958 to 1969. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1965 until his death. He was always drawn into parliament via the state list of the SPD North Rhine-Westphalia .
Tönjes had been deputy district administrator in the Steinfurt district since 1958.
- Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (collaborators): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 2: N-Z. Attachment. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , p. 882.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 2, 1920|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Oldenburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 25, 1980|
|Place of death||Rheine|