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He was elected to the Folketing in 1973. 1978-1979 he was Minister of Public Works in the Anker Jørgensen cabinet. In 1998 he became speaker of the Folketing defeating his Social Democrat rival, Birte Weiss, after a drawing of lots. He died in office on 11 March 2003.
He was chairman of the JydskeVestkysten newspaper 1991-1998.
|Minister for Public Works
30 August 1978 – 26 October 1979
Jens Risgaard Knudsen
|Speaker of the Folketing
26 March 1998 – 11 March 2003
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