life and work
After completing secondary school and an apprenticeship as a mechanic, Görlach passed his Abitur examination on the second educational path and completed a teaching degree . He then taught as a vocational school teacher in Butzbach .
At the age of 19 he joined the SPD, where he performed numerous functions; from 1980 to 1988 he was district chairman of Hessen-Süd and from 1981 to 1988 deputy state chairman of his party.
He represented the SPD from 1968 to 1973 in the council of the district Friedberg , Wetterau later, and was from 1970 to 1989 the Hesse state parliament on, but he was in the state election in Hesse in 1983 in the constituency Wetterau I selected. In 1973 and 1974 he was chairman of the SPD parliamentary group.
From 1974 to 1987 he held various ministerial posts in Hesse, mostly with responsibility for the environmental department. During his term of office, the environmental movement grew stronger and the Greens emerged as a new party, which he was initially skeptical of.
After leaving the Hessian state parliament, Görlach was a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004 .
- 1983: Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2002: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Jochen Lengemann : The Hessen Parliament 1946–1986 . Biographical handbook of the advisory state committee, the state assembly advising the constitution and the Hessian state parliament (1st – 11th electoral period). Ed .: President of the Hessian State Parliament. Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1986, ISBN 3-458-14330-0 , p. 266 ( hessen.de [PDF; 12.4 MB ]).
- Jochen Lengemann: MdL Hessen. 1808-1996. Biographical index (= political and parliamentary history of the state of Hesse. Vol. 14 = publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse. Vol. 48, 7). Elwert, Marburg 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6 , p. 148.
- Personal inventory of Görlach, Willi (signature code 1 / WGAB) in the archive of social democracy of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
- Entry on Willi Görlach in the Members' database of the European Parliament
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD), MdL, MdEP|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 27, 1940|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Butzbach|