Jón Helgason (minister)

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Jón Helgason (4 October 1931 – 2 April 2019) was an Icelandic politician and former government minister. He was a member of Alþingi from 1974 to 1995 and served as the Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs from 1983 to 1987 and the Minister of Agriculture from 1987 to 1988. [1]

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Personal life

Jón was married to Guðrún Þorkelsdóttur in 1961 and together they had two children and one foster child. [2]

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  1. Dagný Hulda Erlendsdóttir (5 April 2019). "Jón Helgason er látinn". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. "Andlát: Jón Helgason". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 4 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.