On the local level, he was a member of Orkdalmunicipal council from 1983 to 1987, later serving as deputy mayor from 1999 to 2003. He chairs the local party chapter since 2003.
He worked at a printing press from 1977 to 1994, and was county secretary of his party from 1997 to 2005. He has also been a board member of local sports clubs and organizations. He hails from Fannrem.