Date of Birth: November 14th, 1944
Telephone: +354 5630 500
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.