Bärbel Höhn

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Baerbel Hoehn (* 4. May 1952 in Flensburg as Bärbel Christensen ) is a German politician ( Alliance 90 / The Greens ). She was chair of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. From 1990 to 2017 she was a member of the state parliament , state minister or Bundestag member without interruption .

education and profession

After graduating from the Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium in Heide in 1971 , Bärbel Höhn studied mathematics and economics in Kiel and graduated in 1976 with a degree in maths . From 1978 to 1990 she was a research assistant at the University Computing Center of the University of Duisburg .


Höhn is married and has two children. She has lived in the Ruhr area since 1978 and in Oberhausen since around 1980 . When her son developed severe, permanent bronchitis after a few months, her political commitment began in 1981, first in several citizens' initiatives : "City Parents' Council Oberhausen Kindergartens", "Women's Forum" and "Citizens' Initiative Against Toxic Waste Incineration" .

Political party

Höhn has been a member of the Greens since 1985. From 1991 to 1997 she was a member of the state council of the Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1999 she has been a member of the party council of the federal green party. On June 14, 2014, Bärbel Höhn resigned from the state executive committee of the Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia after two years at the party conference in Siegburg .

Public offices

From 1985 to 1989 she belonged to the council of the city of Oberhausen and from 1990 to 1995 the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (during this time there was a single government of the SPD, the cabinet Rau IV ). Here she was the spokeswoman for the Greens parliamentary group until 1995 . She was a member of the state parliament twice for a short time in 2000 and 2005.

After the state elections in 1995, Höhn was appointed Minister for Environment, Regional Planning and Agriculture to the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia led by Prime Minister Johannes Rau on July 17, 1995 ( Cabinet Rau V ).

She kept this office under his successor Wolfgang Clement ( Cabinet Clement I and Cabinet Clement II ) from 1998 .

After the state elections in 2000 , competencies were reassigned (see Clement II cabinet ) and Bärbel Höhn had been 'Minister for the Environment and Nature Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection' since June 27, 2000. After the red-green coalition under Peer Steinbrück ( Steinbrück Cabinet ), who has been in office since 2002, lost its majority in the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 22, 2005, Bärbel Höhn left office on June 24, 2005.


In the Bundestag election in September 2005 , she became a member of the German Bundestag . From October 2005 to May 2006 she was chair of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. From May 2006 to 2013 she was deputy chairwoman of the Bundestag parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and political coordinator of parliamentary group II Environment & Energy, Consumer & Agriculture, Transport & Construction, Tourism, Sport .

Bärbel Höhn always entered the German Bundestag via the state list of North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with Volker Beck , she topped the state list for the 2009 Bundestag election , as well as for the 2013 Bundestag election . She was a deputy member of the Food and Agriculture Committee and deputy chair of the German-Korean parliamentary group. Höhn announced that he would not run again in the 2017 federal election.


Bärbel Höhn is actively involved in the organic movement on a voluntary basis . She caused a stir in 2001 when she demonstrated with some farmers against cuts in the agricultural subsidy .

Bärbel Höhn is also the official supporter of the demonstrations under the motto We're fed up with it! .


In 2001 Otto Schily and Renate Künast criticized Höhn's measures against a suspected foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The CDU and FDP also referred to Höhn as a “personalized investment obstacle”.

See also

Web links

Commons : Bärbel Höhn  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Green Party Congress determines NRW top new aachener-zeitung.de, accessed on June 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Bärbel Höhn at the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia
  3. ^ Members of the Committee on Food and Agriculture ( Memento from April 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) bundestag.de , online, accessed on September 18, 2014
  4. Boards of the parliamentary groups in the 18th electoral period ( Memento of November 3, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Bundestag.de: Parliamentary beekeeper, Bärbel Höhn is looking forward to more time with the grandchildren
  6. Website of the organizers, supporters ( Memento from August 30, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  7. FMD: Criticism of Bärbel Höhn ( memento from February 11, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) and Künast criticizes FMD protective measures in North Rhine-Westphalia
  8. Bärbel Höhn, Greens: The contentious environmental advocate