Ansgar Gabrielsen

Ansgar Gabrielsen (born 21 May 1955 in Mandal) is a Norwegian consultant and former politician for the Conservative Party.

Ansgar Gabrielsen
Minister of Health and Care Services
In office
18 June 2004 – 17 October 2005
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byDagfinn Høybråten
Succeeded bySylvia Brustad
Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
19 October 2001 – 18 June 2004
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byGrete Knudsen
Succeeded byBørge Brende
Personal details
Born (1955-05-21) 21 May 1955 (age 65)
Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway
NationalityNorwegian
Political partyConservative
OccupationConsultant and former politician

Early life and local politicsEdit

He was born in Mandal as a son of Terje Gabrielsen and Astrid Olsen. He is an insurance agent by education and worked in this profession before entering politics. He is also a trained officer in the Norwegian Defence Force. He was a member of Lindesnes municipal council from 1983 to 1993, the last six years as mayor.[1] His father Terje Gabrielsen has also been mayor of Lindesnes, from 1975 to 1979.[citation needed] Ansgar Gabrielsen also chaired his county party chapter from 1989 to 1990, and was a member of the Conservative Party central board during the same period.[1]

National politicsEdit

He was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Vest-Agder in 1993, and was re-elected on the two following occasions in 1997 and 2001. In 2001 Gabrielsen was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry as a part of Bondevik's Second Cabinet. Following the cabinet reshuffle in 2004 he became Minister of Health and Care Services. While Gabrielsen was a cabinet member his seat in parliament was taken by Peter Skovholt Gitmark. Bondevik's Second Cabinet fell following the 2005 election.[1]

While Minister of Trade and Industry, Gabrielsen was first criticized for his suggestion about a law that requires 40% of the board members in Norwegian companies to be female. The law was passed with the blessing of the socialist parties, but his own party opposed it.[1]

Post-political careerEdit

Gabrielsen moved from Lindesnes when being elected in 1993, and resided at Østerås.[2][3] He also kept his residential address in Spangereid, his constituent district. Towards the end of his cabinet tenure, he was reported as residing in a yacht at Aker Brygge in Oslo. In 2007 he stood for municipal re-election in Lindesnes, and won a seat. However, as it surfaced that he had recently bought an apartment in Oslo, he had to relinquish the seat.[4]

Gabrielsen started his own consultant company in 2006. In 2007 he became chairman of the Special Olympics and the Norwegian Council for Mental Health.[1]

In 2007, Tor Øystein Vaaland, former leader of the Norwegian Council for Mental Health, published the book Brev til en minister (Letters to a Minister) based on private letters Gabrielsen received while he served as Minister of Health, with a focus on letters from people with psychiatric problems or drug addiction.[5] The book was published in 205,000 copies and distributed to Norwegian healthcare workers.[6]

Gabrielsen was decorated as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav in 2005.[1] Gabrielsen is married and has four children.

In 2014 was elected as chairman of the board at CSAM Health.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ansgar Gabrielsen" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  2. ^ Hov, Ragnhild (20 October 2001). "Storbyregjeringen Bondevik II". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). p. 8.
  3. ^ Alstadheim, Kjetil B.; Grande, Arne (5 November 2001). "Venter på flere eiere". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). p. 6.
  4. ^ Rasch, Lars Helge. "Gabrielsen ikke lokal nok" (in Norwegian). NRK Sørlandet. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ Kjære minister (in Norwegian) Dagbladet, retrieved 15 July 2013
  6. ^ Kathrine Aspaas (13 December 2013): Årets viktigste bok (in Norwegian) Aftenposten, retrieved 15 July 2013
  7. ^ http://www.csamhealth.com/uk/board-of-directors/
Political offices
Preceded by
Grete Knudsen
Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Børge Brende
Preceded by
Dagfinn Høybråten
Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Sylvia Brustad