Terje Riis-Johansen

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Terje Riis-Johansen
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County Mayor of Telemark
In office
5 October 2011 13 October 2015
Preceded by Gunn Marit Helgesen
Succeeded by Sven Tore Løkslid
Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
20 June 2008 4 March 2011
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Åslaug Haga
Succeeded by Ola Borten Moe
Minister of Agriculture and Food
In office
17 October 2005 20 June 2008
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Lars Sponheim
Succeeded by Lars Peder Brekk
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1993 30 September 1997
Constituency Telemark
Personal details
Born (1968-03-15) 15 March 1968 (age 50)
Skien, Norway
Political party Centre Party

Terje Riis-Johansen (born 15 March 1968) is a Norwegian politician for the Centre Party.

Centre Party (Norway) centrist and agrarian political party in Norway

The Centre Party is an agrarian centrist political party in Norway. Founded in 1920 as a Nordic agrarian party, the Centre Party's policy is not based on any of the major ideologies of the 19th and 20th century, but has a focus on maintaining decentralised economic development and political decision-making.

Riis-Johansen was born in Skien. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Telemark in 1993, but was not re-elected in 1997. From 1997 to 1999, during the first cabinet Bondevik, he was appointed political advisor in the Ministry of Finance. In 2005, during the second cabinet Stoltenberg, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Food, but changed department in 2008 and served as Minister of Petroleum and Energy. On 4 March 2011 he was succeeded by fellow Centre Party politician Ola Borten Moe.

Skien Municipality in Telemark, Norway

Skien[²ʃeːən](listen) is a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Skien. Skien is also the administrative centre of Telemark county.

Storting supreme legislature of Norway

The Storting is the supreme legislature of Norway, established in 1814 by the Constitution of Norway. It is located in Oslo. The unicameral parliament has 169 members, and is elected every four years based on party-list proportional representation in nineteen plurinominal constituencies. A member of the Storting is known in Norwegian as a stortingsrepresentant, literally "Storting representative".

Telemark County in Norway

Telemark[²teːləmɑrk](listen) is a traditional region and county in Norway, bordering Vestfold, Buskerud, Hordaland, Rogaland and Aust-Agder. The name means the "mark of the thelir", the ancient North Germanic tribe that inhabited what is now known as Upper Telemark in the Migration Period and the Viking Age. Historically the name Telemark only referred to Upper Telemark, while the coastal areas of the modern county were considered separate regions. The modern county was established as the fief Bratsberg in the late Middle Ages, during Norway's union with Denmark. With the introduction of absolute monarchy in 1662 it became a county, and it was renamed Telemark in 1919. The county administration is in the port town Skien, which was in the early modern period Norway's most important city, ahead of Christiania.

On the local level he was a member of Skien municipality council from 1991 to 1995. During the same term he was also a member of Telemark county council.

After the Norwegian local elections, 2011 the local centre-right alliance was dissolved, and Riis-Johansen became Telemark's county mayor of a new centre-left coalition. [1]

Riis-Johansen was a member of the board of Nei til EU from 1995 to 1997, of Telemark University College from 2000 to 2003 and of the Norwegian Farmers' Union from 2000 to 2005.

Telemark University College was, until its merger, the fourth largest university college in Norway. The University College had about 7000 students, split between four different locations in Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Rauland and Drammen.

As county mayor, Riis-Johansen has launched a programme to attract more foreign investment to Telemark county, Invest in Telemark.

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References

  1. Holmquist, Tone (22 September 2011). "Høyre vinner fylkesduellen". Kommunal Rapport (in Norwegian). p. 10.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lars Sponheim
Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food
20052008
Succeeded by
Lars Peder Brekk
Preceded by
Åslaug Haga
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
20082011
Succeeded by
Ola Borten Moe
Preceded by
Gunn Marit Helgesen
County mayor of Telemark
2011–present
Incumbent