Date of Birth: June 19th, 1953
Telephone: +354 5630 500
Party: The Social Democratic Alliance
Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance 2000-2005.
Member of Althingi for the Reykjavķk Constituency 1991–2003, the Reykjavķk North Constituency 2003-2009, the Reykjavķk South Constituency 2009-2013 and the Reykjavķk North Constituency since 2013.
Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Alliance 2006-2007.Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party 1991–1993. Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party 1995–1996.
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013, 2005-2007 and 1995–1999 (Vice-Chairman 1998–1999).Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2013 and 2005-2007 (Chairman 2005-2007).
Member of the Credentials Committee 2013. Member of the Economy and Trade Committee 2001-2005. Member of the Budget Committee 1999–2001.Member of the Environment Committee 1999–2000. Member of the Health and Social Security Committee 1995–1999 (Chairman 1995-1999). Member of the Agriculture Committee 1992-1993 (Vice-Chairman 1992-1993). Member of the Industry Committee 1991–1993 (Chairman 1991-1993). Member of the Fisheries Committee 1991-1993 (Vice-Chairman 1991-1993). Member of the General Affairs Committee on 1991–1992 (Vice-Chairman 1991-1992). Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2003-2005.Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the WEU Assembly 1995–1999 (Vice-Chairman 1995-1999). Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees 1991–1993 and 1999-2004.
Minister for Foreign Affairs 2009-2013. Minister of Industry 2007-2009. Minister for Nordic Co-operation 2007-2008. Minister for the Environment 1993–1995.