Minister of Children and Family Affairs

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Minister of Children and Family Affairs of Norway
Barne- og familieministeren
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Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (cropped).JPG
Incumbent
Kjell Ingolf Ropstad

since 22 January 2019
Ministry of Children and Family Affairs
Member ofCouncil of State
SeatOslo
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerMonarch
with approval of Parliament
Term lengthNo fixed length
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Norway
PrecursorMinister of the Interior
Formation1 August 1955
First holderAase Bjerkholt
DeputyState secretaries at the Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
WebsiteOfficial website

The Minister of Children and Family Affairs (Norwegian: Barne- og familieministeren[1]) is a Councilor of State and Chief of Norway's Ministry of Children and Family Affairs. Since 22 January 2019 the position has been held by Kjell Ingolf Ropstad of the Christian Democrats.[2] The ministry is responsible for policy and public operations related to children, youth and families as well as consumer rights. Major agencies subordinate to the ministry include the Consumer Council and the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.[3]

The position was created as the Minister of Families and Consumer Affairs on 1 August 1955 as part of Gerhardsen's Third Cabinet. The Labour Party's Aase Bjerkholt as the inaugural minister. While at first a consultative minister, she received her own ministry on 21 December 1956.[4] Sixteen people from four parties have held the position. It has been a favored position of the Christian Democratic Party, who have held it in all center-right governments they have participated in except during the four weeks of Lyng's Cabinet, when it was held by Karen Grønn-Hagen of the Centre Party. The minister position was discontinued on 8 May 1972, when the portfolio was transferred to the Minister of Consumer Affairs and Government Administration.[5] The position was recreated under the original name on 16 October 1989 and occupied by Solveig Sollie of the Christian Democratic Party.[6] When her successor Matz Sandman of the Labour Party took over the following year, it was renamed the Minister of Children and Family Affairs.[7] With the appointment of Karita Bekkemellem (Labour) in 2005, the position changed name the Minister of Children and Equality, receiving responsibility for the government's anti-discrimination policies. She would be the first of six ministers during Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet, with the three last representing the Socialist Left Party. With these the position changed to its current name, but lost its responsibilities for kindergartens.[8]

The position has been dominated by females—the only males to hold the position were Matz Sandman (Labour, 1990–91), Audun Lysbakken (Socialist Left, 2009–12) and Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democratic, 2019–). Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen (Labour) became the first non-white minister of Norway when she was appointed in 2007.[9] Both she and Lysbakken were forced to resign after issued related to cronyism.[10] Two people have held the position twice: Bjerkholdt and Karita Bekkemellem. With a tenure of ten years, Bjerkholdt has held the position the longest.

Key[edit]

The following lists the minister, their party, date of assuming and leaving office, their tenure in years and days, and the cabinet they served in.

  Centre Party
  Christian Democratic Party
  Labour Party
  Progress Party
  Socialist Left Party
  Conservative Party

Ministers[edit]

Photo Name Party Took office Left office Tenure Cabinet Ref
61950 Aase Bjerkholt.jpg Aase Bjerkholt Labour 1 August 1955 28 August 1963 8 years, 27 days Gerhardsen III [4]
Blank.JPG Karen Grønn-Hagen Centre 28 August 1963 25 September 1963 28 days Lyng [11]
61950 Aase Bjerkholt.jpg Aase Bjerkholt Labour 25 September 1963 12 October 1965 2 years, 17 days Gerhardsen IV [12]
63989 Elsa Skjerven.jpg Elsa Skjerven Christian Democratic 12 October 1965 17 March 1971 5 years, 156 days Borten [13]
Blank.JPG Inger Louise Valle Labour 17 March 1971 18 October 1972 1 year, 215 days Bratteli I [5]
Blank.JPG Solveig Sollie Christian Democratic 16 October 1989 3 November 1990 1 year, 19 days Syse [6]
Blank.JPG Matz Sandman Labour 3 November 1990 15 November 1991 1 year, 12 days Brundtland III [7]
Grete Berget.jpg Grete Berget Labour 15 November 1991 25 October 1996 4 years, 345 days Brundtland III [7]
Norges halsominister Sylvia Brustad vid Nordiska Radets session i Oslo. 2007-10-31. Foto- Magnus Froderberg-norden.org.jpg Sylvia Brustad Labour 25 October 1996 17 October 1997 357 days Jagland [14]
Valgerd Svarstad Haugland 2.jpg Valgerd Svarstad Haugland Christian Democratic 17 October 1997 17 March 2000 2 years, 152 days Bondevik I [15]
Karita Bekkemellem.jpg Karita Bekkemellem Labour 17 March 2000 19 October 2001 1 year, 216 days Stoltenberg I [16]
Laila Dåvøy.jpg Laila Dåvøy Christian Democratic 19 October 2001 17 October 2005 3 years, 363 days Bondevik II [17]
Karita Bekkemellem.jpg Karita Bekkemellem Labour 17 October 2005 18 October 2007 2 years, 1 day Stoltenberg II [8]
Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen.jpg Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen Labour 18 October 2007 15 February 2008 120 days Stoltenberg II [8]
Norges kulturminister Anniken Huitfeldt under ett nordiskt kulturministermote vid Nordiska Radets session 2011 i Kopenhamn.jpg Anniken Huitfeldt Labour 29 February 2008 20 October 2009 1 year, 234 days Stoltenberg II [8]
Audun Lysbakken jamstalldhetsminister Norge.jpg Audun Lysbakken Socialist Left 20 October 2009 5 March 2012 2 years, 137 days Stoltenberg II [8]
Inga Marte Thorkildsen crop.jpg Inga Marte Thorkildsen Socialist Left 23 March 2012 16 October 2013 1 year, 207 days Stoltenberg II [8]
Solveig Horne.JPG Solveig Horne Progress 16 October 2013 17 January 2018 4 years, 93 days Solberg [2]
Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland.jpg Linda Horstad Helleland Conservative 17 January 2018 22 January 2019 1 year, 5 days Solberg [2]
Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (cropped).JPG Kjell Ingolf Ropstad Christian Democratic 22 January 2019 present 1 year, 155 days Solberg [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samferdselsminister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa". Government.no. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Erna Solberg's Government". Government.no. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  3. ^ "About the ministry". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Einar Gerhardsen's Third Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Trygve Bratteli's First Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Jan Syse's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Gro Harlem Brundtland's Third Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Jens Stoltenberg's Second Government". Government.no. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Children's minister quits under fire". Aftenposten. 14 February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008.
  10. ^ Løset, Kjetil (April 2012). "Exit fra Regjeringen" (in Norwegian). TV2. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  11. ^ "John Lyng's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Einar Gerhardsen's Fourth Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Per Borten's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Thorbjørn Jagland's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Kjell Magne Bondevik's First Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Jens Stoltenberg's First Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Kjell Magne Bondevik's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  18. ^ "Here's the New Cabinet". Aftenposten. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.