He served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Hedmark during the terms 1993–1997 and 1997–2001. From 2000 to 2001 he was a regular representative, covering for Sylvia Brustad who was appointed to the first cabinet Stoltenberg.
Brandsnes was mayor of Folldal municipality council from 1987 to 1999. In the period 1983–1987 he was a member of Hedmark county council.
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