Bendiks H. Arnesen
On the local level he was a member of Kvæfjord from 1971 to 1975 and 1979 to 1995, serving as deputy mayor in 1983–1985 and mayor from 1986 to 1995. He chaired the municipal party chapter from 1980 to 1986 and the county chapter from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the Labour Party national board from 1991 to 1992.
He does not have higher education, but mainly worked on a boat before entering national politics.