On the local level he was a member of Heddal municipal council from 1955 to 1964, and then of Notodden municipal council from 1964 to 1967 as deputy mayor. He served as mayor from 1971 to 1975. From 1963 to 1983 he was also a member of Telemark county council. He chaired the local party chapter from 1968 to 1969.
Outside politics he spent his entire career in Norsk Hydro, advancing from laborer in 1946-1958 all the way up to assisting director in 1976-1985.
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