- Chairman of the Progressive Party since 2007.
- Date of Birth: April 9th, 1949
- Party: Progressive Party
- Member of Althingi for the Southern Constituency 1987-2003 and for the South Constituency since 2003.
- Deputy Speaker of Althingi 1989-1990 and 1995-1999.
- Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture 1995-1999, member 1991-1999.
- Member of the Committee on Health and Social Security 1995-1999.
- Member of the Committee on Transport and Communications 1991-1995 and 2007-2008.
- Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1995-1996.
- Member of the Committee on Industry 2007-2008.
- Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the West Nordic Council 2007-2008.
- Minister of Agriculture 1999-2007.