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.