Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir

Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir (born 30 November 1990) is an Icelandic politician who is a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for the Reykjavík North constituency since 2016. She also served as the Secretary of the Independence Party from 2015–2019. In September 2019, she was named the Minister of Justice.[1]

Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir
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Minister of Justice
Assumed office
6 September 2019
Prime MinisterKatrín Jakobsdóttir
Preceded byÞórdís Gylfadóttir
Personal details
Born (1990-11-30) 30 November 1990 (age 30)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partyIndependence
ParentsSigurbjörn Magnússon (born 1959)
Kristín Steinarsdóttir (1959–2012)
Alma materUniversity of Iceland
ProfessionLawyer

Education and professional lifeEdit

Áslaug was born in Reykjavík and has lived there all her life. She graduated from the University of Iceland in 2015 with a bachelor degree in law. She received her M.L. in law from the same university in 2017 for a thesis on referendums and their legal impact on democratic governance.[2]

Alongside her studies, Áslaug has worked as a reporter for the newspaper Morgunblaðið and its website mbl.is, a police officer for the police department of the southern region of Iceland, an intern for the law firm Juris, and (briefly) a fisherwoman.[3]

Political careerEdit

Áslaug served as chairman of the independence party youth movement in Reykjavík from 2011–2013. In October 2015, she ran for the position of secretary of the independence party against, then secretary of the independence party, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, after she declared her interest in the position Guðlaugur decided to step aside. She was elected the new secretary of the Independence Party and received 91.9 percent of the votes cast.[4]

In the 2016 elections, she was elected to parliament for the Reykjavík North constituency and again in the 2017 elections. As of 2017, she served as the Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party. She was the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2017–2019 and chairman of the Icelandic delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Her mother, Kristín Steinarsdóttir, was a teacher; she died of cancer in 2012. Her father, Sigurbjörn Magnússon, is a Supreme Court attorney. Áslaug has two siblings.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Heimir Már Pétursson; Kjartan Kjartansson; Stefán Ó. Jónsson (5 September 2019). "Áslaug Arna nýr dómsmálaráðherra". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ 1990, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir (2017-09-05). ""Gagnsamleg íhlutun almennings" Þjóðaratkvæðagreiðslur og réttaráhrif þeirra á lýðræðislega stjórnarhætti" (in Icelandic). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Áslaug Arna | Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir". www.aslaugarna.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  4. ^ "Áslaug nýr ritari Sjálfstæðisflokksins með 92 prósent atkvæða – Vísir". visir.is. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  5. ^ "Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir". Alþingi. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  6. ^ "Who is Áslaug Arna? | Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir". www.aslaugarna.is. Retrieved 2018-03-16.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson
Secretary of the Independence Party
2015–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir
as Minister of the Interior
Minister of Justice
2019 – present
Incumbent