On the local level he was a member of Sør-Rana municipal council from 1959 to 1975, serving as deputy mayor from 1959 to 1961 and mayor from 1962 to 1963. From 1962 to 1963 he, being mayor, was also a member of Nordland county council. He was a member of the national party board from 1973 to 1978, and chaired the county party chapter from 1964 to 1965 and from 1981.
Outside politics he was a farmer and was active in the Norwegian Agrarian Association.
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