He was a member of the National Coalition Party (Finland) and was the chairman of the party in 1946–1954. He served in Parliament in 1945–1948 and again in 1951–1958. He also served as Finnish Minister of Education in the caretaker government from November 17, 1953 to May 5, 1954.
Salminen held a divinity degree as well as a law degree.
- Brief biography at Finnish Parliament website (in Finnish)
- Brief biography at Vihti website (in Finnish)
- Brief biography from Arno Forsius (in Finnish)
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