Werner Figgen

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Werner (Hugo) Figgen (born November 9, 1921 in Neheim or Hüsten , † April 12, 1991 in Hamm ) was a German politician ( SPD ).


education and profession

Figgen learned the lathe subject at a vocational school. From 1939 he served first in the Reich Labor Service and then in the Wehrmacht and took part in the Second World War as a soldier . Figgen worked as a galvanizer from 1945 to 1947. He was married and had three children.


Figgen joined the SPD in 1946. Between 1947 and 1956 he was a full-time youth secretary and managing director of the SPD sub-district of Hamm.

From 1948 to 1950 he was a member of the district council of the Arnsberg district , from 1952 to 1969 he was a member and parliamentary group leader of the SPD in the city council of Hamm, from 1956 to 1964 and from 1979 to 1984 he was also mayor of the city. In his first term of office Figgen was the youngest mayor in Germany.

From 1961 to 1966 he represented his party in the German Bundestag and then switched to state politics. First he succeeded Konrad Grundmann as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs on December 8, 1966 and then from 1970 to 1975 Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Heinz Kühn's cabinet . He sat for the SPD from 1970 to 1980 in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Figgen was also chairman of the SPD district of Western Westphalia from 1973 to 1977 and chairman of the SPD state association of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1973 to 1977.

In particular, as chairman of the West Westphalia district and head of the state party, Figgen was one of the most influential politicians in the state. The main focus of his policy in social legislation was, for example, the retraining of employees as a consequence of structural change, the integration of older unemployed people and the improvement of care for the elderly.


See also

Cabinet Kühn I - Cabinet Kühn II


  • Bernd Haunfelder : North Rhine-Westphalia. Country and people 1946-2006 . Aschendorf, Münster 2006, pp. 149f. ISBN 3402066157
  • Alois Vogel: 60 years of the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament. The country and its deputies . Düsseldorf 2006, p. 263f.
  • Bernd Faulenbach : Werner Figgen (1921-1991) Lord Mayor and social politician . In: Social Democracy in Transition. The district of Western Westphalia 1893-2001. Erw. Edition Essen 2001, p. 285. ISBN 3-89861-062-4
  • Werner Saure: Werner Figgen. In Hüsten - 1200 years. Arnsberg 2002, pp. 273-275. ISBN 3-930264-41-2

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (ed.), Bruno Jahn (collaborator): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 1: A-M. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 .
  2. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 25, No. 159, August 25, 1973.
  3. Merit holders since 1986. State Chancellery of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, accessed on March 11, 2017 .
predecessor Office successor
Heinrich Langes
Günter Rinsche
Lord Mayor of Hamm
1956 - 1964
1979 - 1984
Günter Rinsche
Sabine Zech