Wilhelm Johnen (politician)

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Wilhelm Johnen (* 19th May 1902 in Inden , † 28. March 1980 in Jülich ) was a German politician of the CDU . From 1959 to 1966 he was President of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia .

Education, work and family

Wilhelm Johnen studied law at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . During his studies he became a member of the Catholic student union AV Guestfalia Tübingen and KDStV Bavaria Bonn in the CV . He worked as a lawyer and notary in Jülich.

In 1963 he was accepted into the papal order of knights of St. Gregory the Great .

Political party

From 1931 to 1933, Johnen was a member of the executive committee of the Center Party . After the end of the Second World War, Johnen was a co-founder of the CDU. From 1951 to 1963 he was (as the successor to Konrad Adenauer ) regional chairman of the CDU Rhineland .


Wilhelm Johnen was from 1947 to 1966 a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia there from 1950 to 1959 as chairman of the CDU parliamentary group. He then succeeded Josef Gockeln, who was killed in a traffic accident, as President of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. He held this office until he left the state parliament. During his tenure as parliamentary group leader, the constructive vote of no confidence and the overthrow of the Karl Arnold government fell .

Public offices

From July 28, 1945 (other sources: August 4, 1945) to April 13, 1946 and then again from October 23, 1946 for several further terms up to December 31, 1971 District Administrator of the Jülich District . Wilhelm Johnen initiated the establishment of the nuclear research facility in Jülich . He also prevented the construction of an air base on the Merscher Höhe by setting up the Jülich broadcast station for the Deutsche Bundespost, which broadcasts Deutsche Welle's international programs.

In addition, Johnen was from March 1959 to 1972 chairman of the district assembly of North Rhine-Westphalia and since September 1959 vice-president of the German district assembly .


Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse in Jülich was named after Johnen.


  • District administration Düren: Former district administrator Wilhelm Johnen in memoriam [obituary]. In: Yearbook of the Düren district. Born in 1981.

Web links

Wilhelm Johnen at the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia