- Date of Birth: November 14th, 1944
- Party: Independence Party
- Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík Constituency 1991-2003, for the Reykjavík North Constituency 2003-2007 and for the Reykjavík South Constituency 2007-2009.
- Deputy Speaker of Althingi 1991-1992.
- Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party 1991-1995.
- Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 2009.
- Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs (latter) 2009.
- Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 1991-1995 and 2002-2003 (Chairman 1992-1995).
- Member of the Committee on General Affairs 1991-1995.
- Member of the Committee on Education and Culture 1991-1995.
- Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1992-1994.
- Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1991-1995 (Chairman 1991-1995).
- Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs 2003-2009.
- Minister of Education 1995-2002.