Date of Birth: March 11th, 1952
Telephone: +354 5630 500
Party: Independence Party
President of Althingi since 2005.
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.