Terje Riis-Johansen

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Terje Riis-Johansen
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County Mayor of Vestfold og Telemark
Assuming office
1 January 2020
SucceedingRune Hogsnes (Vestfold)
Sven Tore Løkslid (Telemark)
County Mayor of Telemark
In office
5 October 2011 13 October 2015
Preceded by Gunn Marit Helgesen
Succeeded bySven 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 MinisterJens 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 51)
Skien, Norway
Political party Centre Party

Terje Riis-Johansen (born 15 March 1968) is a Norwegian politician for the Centre Party and County Mayor-elect of Vestfold og Telemark.

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.

Vestfold og Telemark County (fylke) of Norway

Vestfold og Telemark, also known as Telemark og Vestfold, is a Norwegian county under establishment that will consist of two distinct and separate traditional regions, Telemark and most of Vestfold. The county capital will be in Skien, which is also the future county's largest city. While Skien is set to be the capital of the county municipality, Tønsberg is set to house the office of the county governor.

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. The region borders Vestfold, Buskerud, Hordaland, Rogaland and Aust-Agder. Telemark 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. Telemark will cease to be an administrative entity on 1 January 2020, when the county is set to merge with neighboring Vestfold to form the combined Telemark og Vestfold administrative region.

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

Nationwide local elections for seats in municipality and county councils were held throughout Norway on 12 September 2011. Several municipalities also opened the polling booths on 11 September. For polling stations this meant that two elections, the municipal elections and the county elections ran concurrently. In addition, an advisory referendum was held in Aust-Agder to determine whether to merge the county with Vest-Agder.

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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  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
Succeeded by
Lars Peder Brekk
Preceded by
Åslaug Haga
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Succeeded by
Ola Borten Moe
Preceded by
Gunn Marit Helgesen
County mayor of Telemark
Succeeded by
Sven Tore Løkslid