He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Østfold in 2001, and has been re-elected on one occasion. He had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the terms 1985–1989 and 1993–1997.
From 1983 to 2001 he was a member of Østfold county council. He chaired the county party chapter from 1990 to 2000, and was a member of the Conservative Party central board in the same period.
He has education from the BI School of Management.
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