Date of Birth: July 17th, 1948
Telephone: +354 5630 500
Party: Left-Green Movement
Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík Constituency 1995-2003, for the Reykjavík South Constituency 2003-2007 and for the Southwest Constituency since 2007.
Chairman of the Left-Green Movement's parliamentary group 1999-2009.Chairman of the Non-Aligned parliamentary group 1998–1999.
Member of the Constitutional and Supervisory Committee since 2013 (Chairman since 2013). Member of the Icelandic delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly since 2013.
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2009-2010. Member of the Environment Committee 2009-2010. Member of the Fisheries and Agriculture Committee 2009-2010. Member of the Social Affairs and Social Security Committee 2007-2009 and 2009-2010. Member of the Economy and Taxation Committee 2007-2009 and 2009-2010. Member of the Economy and Trade Committee 1999-2007. Member of the Social Affairs Committee 1997–1998. Member of the General Affairs Committee on 1995–1997, 1998–1999 and 2009-2010. Member of the Health and Social Security Committee 1995–1996. Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1999-2003, 2004 and 2005-2007. Member of the Credentials Committee 1999-2007. Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees 1999-2003.
Minister of the Interior 2011-2013. Minister of Justice and Human Rights and Minister of Transport, Communications and Local Government 2010. Minister of Health and Social Security 2009.