Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen

Anne-Grete Hjelle Strøm-Erichsen (born 21 October 1949 in Bergen) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. She served as Minister of Defence from 2005-2009 and again from 2012-2013. She also served as Minister of Health and Care Services from 2009 to 2012. In local politics, she served as the Mayor of Bergen from 1999 to 2000 and its Chief Commissioner from 2000 to 2003.

Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
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Minister of Defence
In office
21 September 2012 – 16 October 2013
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byEspen Barth Eide
Succeeded byIne Marie Eriksen Søreide
In office
17 October 2005 – 20 October 2009
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byKristin Krohn Devold
Succeeded byGrete Faremo
Minister of Health and Care Services
In office
20 October 2009 – 21 September 2012
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byBjarne Håkon Hansen
Succeeded byJonas Gahr Støre
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 2005 – 30 September 2013
ConstituencyHordaland
Chief Commissioner of Bergen
In office
26 June 2000 – 27 October 2003
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMonica Mæland
Mayor of Bergen
In office
25 October 1999 – 26 June 2000
DeputyIngmar Ljones
Preceded byIngmar Ljones
Succeeded byIngmar Ljones
Deputy Mayor of Bergen
In office
1998 – 25 October 1999
MayorIngmar Ljones
Preceded byOle-Jørgen Johannessen
Succeeded byIngmar Ljones
Personal details
Born
Anne-Grete Hjelle Strøm-Erichsen

(1949-10-21) 21 October 1949 (age 71)
Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Arve Strøm-Erichsen
(m. 1971)
[1]
Children2

Education and career outside politicsEdit

Strøm-Erichsen was educated in EDB engineering at Bergen University College in 1974. She then studied at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in the United States until 1981 and worked with the EDB systems at the University of Bergen until 1984.[2] She was later senior consultant in Siemens Nixdorf from 1988 to 1991 and BDC AS from 1991 to 1995.[3]

Political careerEdit

Local politicsEdit

Strøm-Erichsen was mayor of Bergen from 1999 to 2000 and chaired its city council from 2000 to 2003.[4] Being mayor, she was the president of the Organization of World Heritage Cities from 1999 to 2001. She also chaired the county party chapter from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of the Labour Party central committee from 2002 to 2007.[5]

First term as Minister of DefenceEdit

She was elected to the Storting from Hordaland in 2005 election. On 17 October 2005, she was appointed Minister of Defence in the Red-Green Coalition government headed by Jens Stoltenberg. Her seat in parliament was taken by Dag Ole Teigen.

Minister of Health and Care ServicesEdit

After the 2009 election, she was appointed Minister of Health and Care Services.

Second term as Minister of DefenceEdit

Following a cabinet reshuffle on 21 September 2012, she was reappointed as minister of defence succeeding Espen Barth Eide, who had been appointed minister of foreign affairs.[6]

In the summer of 2013, under her leadership, the Storting decided to introduce gender-neutral conscription in the Norwegian Armed Forces, which was introduced in 2015 under her successor, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide's leadership.[7]

She did not seek reelection in the 2013 Norwegian parliamentary election.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Lekskikon. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen".
  3. ^ NTB: Kan få ny jobb BA.no, September 21, 2012
  4. ^ NTB: Kan få ny jobb BA.no, September 21, 2012
  5. ^ NTB: Ut av sentralstyret BT, February 22, 2012
  6. ^ NTB: Kan få ny jobb BA.no, September 21, 2012
  7. ^ "Facts about gender neutral conscription" (in Norwegian). forsvaret.no. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  8. ^ Kjetil Løset: Sp-topp trekker seg fra Stortinget (in Norwegian) TV2, June 25, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ingmar Ljones
Mayor of Bergen
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Ingmar Ljones
Preceded by
Position established
Chief Commissioner of Bergen
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Monica Mæland
Preceded by
Kristin Krohn Devold
Minister of Defence
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Grete Faremo
Preceded by
Bjarne Håkon Hanssen
Minister of Health and Care Services
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Jonas Gahr Støre
Preceded by
Espen Barth Eide
Minister of Defence
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide