Trygve Slagsvold Vedum

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Trygve Slagsvold Vedum

Trygve S Vedum kandidater Sp, stortingsvalget 2013.jpg
Leader of the Centre Party
Assumed office
7 April 2014
DeputyOla Borten Moe
Preceded byLiv Signe Navarsete
Minister of Agriculture and Food
In office
18 June 2012 – 16 October 2013
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byLars Peder Brekk
Succeeded bySylvi Listhaug
Parliamentary Leader of the Centre Party
In office
1 October 2009 – 18 June 2012
Preceded byRune J. Skjælaaen
Succeeded byLars Peder Brekk
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2005
Personal details
Born (1978-12-01) 1 December 1978 (age 40)
Hamar, Norway
(grew up in Stange)
Political partyCentre Party
Spouse(s)Catherine Wergeland
Alma materUniversity of Oslo

Trygve Magnus Slagsvold Vedum (born 1 December 1978) is a Norwegian politician for the Centre Party. He has served as an MP, government minister and party leader, all achieved before the age of 36.

Early life[edit]

Vedum was born in Hamar as a son of Trond Vidar Vedum, a lecturer in biology at Hedmark University College, and teacher Karen Sigrid Slagsvold. After finishing the lower secondary school in Romedal in 1994 he entered the three-year upper secondary education in natural resources management, with two years at Jønsberg and one year at Tomb. Following graduation, he studied sciences at Hedmark University College, before enrolling at the University of Oslo in 1999 where he received a bachelor's degree in political science in 2002.[1]

Political career[edit]

He chaired the Centre Youth from 2002 to 2004, at the time also serving as central board member of the Centre Party. He was elected to Hedmark county council in 1999, serving until 2005. From 2004 to 2005 he also worked as an organizational adviser in the Centre Party. In 2009 he became second deputy leader of the Centre Party, then party leader in 2014.[1]

He was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Hedmark in 2005 and re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Vedum started out in the Standing Committee on Local Government and Public Administration, then changed to the Standing Committee on Health and Care Services in 2008. In October 2008 he became deputy leader here, and also Second Deputy President of the Odelsting as well as party whip. He was also a member of the Electoral Committee from 2005 to 2012, and from 2009 to 2012 the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.[1]

From 18 June 2012 to 16 October 2013 he served in Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet as the Minister of Agriculture and Food. He lost his job after the cabinet fell, and returned to Parliament where he took a seat in the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.[1]

Vedum has also been a deputy board member of Folk og Forsvar (1999–2000) and a board member of Nei til atomvåpen (2005–2007), Nei til EU (2005–2007), Norway's Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities (2006–) and Menighetssøsterhjemmet (2007–2009).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Trygve Slagsvold Vedum" (in Norwegian). Storting.