Einar K. Guðfinnsson

Einar K. Guðfinnsson
  • Speaker of Althingi since 2013. 
  • Date of Birth: December 2nd, 1955
  • Party: Independence Party

Parliamentary career

  • Member of Althingi for the Westfjord Constituency 1991–2003 and for the Northwest Constituency since 2003.

Party group

  • Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party 2010–2013 and 1999–2003.
  • Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party 2003–2005.

Present committees

  • Member of the Special Committee on the Standing Orders of Althingi since 2013 (Chairman since 2013).

Earlier committees

  • Member of the Welfare Committee 2012–2013.
  • Member of the Industrial Affairs Committee 2011–2013.
  • Member of the Fisheries and Agriculture Committee 2009–2011.
  • Member of the Education Committee 2009.
  • Member of the Economy and Trade Committee 2000–2003 (Chairman 2003).
  • Member of the Fisheries Committee 1999–2005 (Chairman 1999–2003).
  • Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 1999–2005.
  • Member of the Transport and Communications Committee 1995–1999 (Chairman 1995–1999).
  • Member of the Social Affairs Committee 1991–1999.
  • Member of the Agriculture Committee 1991–1995.
  • Member of the Budget Committee 1991–1995.
  • Member of the Althingi Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1999–2003 (Chairman 1999–2000).
  • Member of the Credentials Committee 1999–2005 (Chairman 1999–2003).
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 2009–2013 (Deputy Chairman 2010–2011) and 1991–2005 (Chairman 1998–2005).
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Conference of Parlamentarians of the Arctic Region 2004–2005 (Chairman 2004–2005).

Ministerial career

  • Minister of Fisheries 2005–2007, Minister of Acriculture 2007, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture 2008–2009.

Political party career

Member of the Harbour Authorities Council since 1999. Member of the board of the Institute of Regional Development 1995. Chairman of the Fisheries Association of Iceland 1994-1998. Representative at the Annual Conference of the Fisheries Association of Iceland since 1985. Editor of the newspaper Vesturland, an organ of the Independence Party on the Westfjords, 1977-1991. Member of the Central Committee of the Independence Party 1981-1991. Chairman of the Westfjord Educational Board 1982-1990. Member of the Board of the Westfjord Fishing Vessels Owners' Society 1983-1988. Member of the Board of the National Youth Organization of the Independence Party 1975-1977.