- President of Althingi since 2005.
- Date of Birth: March 11th, 1952
- Party: Independence Party
- Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík Constituency 1991-2003 and for the Reykjavík South Constituency since 2003.
- Member of the Althingi\'s Presidium since 2003.
- Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 2003-2005.
- Chairman of the Committee on General Affairs 1991-1999.
- Member of the Committee on Economy and Trade 1991-1999.
- Member of the Committee on Health and Social Security 1991-1999.
- Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1993-1997 and 2004-2005.
- Chairman of the Icelandic Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 1993-1999, member 1991-1993.
- Chairman of the Icelandic Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2003-2005.
- Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs 1999-2003.