Thor Haakon Knudsen (30 May 1927 – 10 January 2006) was a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party.
He was born in Tønsberg.
During the cabinet Borten he worked as a State Secretary in the Ministry of Defence from January 26 1970 – January 31 1971. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Vestfold in 1977, and was re-elected on two occasions. He was President of the Lagting from 1981 to 1989.
A journalist by education, he worked in Tønsberg Blad from 1949 to 1956, in the Conservative Party Press Bureau from 1956 to 1970 and as editor-in-chief of Sandefjords Blad from 1971 to 1977. He was a member of the board of Norsk Telegrambyrå from 1971 to 1980.
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