Tor Ottar Karlsen

Tor Ottar Karlsen (born 13 March 1950) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

He was born in Rolvsøy and grew up in Åsgårdstrand. From 1980 to 1992 he was involved in local politics in Lier, and from 1992 to 1996 he chaired the county chapter of the Labour Party.[1] From 1994 to 1996, during Brundtland's Third Cabinet, he was a political advisor in the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs.[2]

Following the 1999 elections, Karlsen became the new county mayor (fylkesordfører) of Buskerud. He was re-elected in 2003, but stepped down before the 2007 election.[3] He is a member of the board in Southern Norway Regional Health Authority.[4]


  1. ^ Risvik, Øyvind (25 August 2006). "Smellen". Ukeavisen Ledelse (in Norwegian). pp. 18–19.
  2. ^ "Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. Political Advisor". Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Tor Ottar Karlsen gir seg i politikken". Kommunal Rapport (in Norwegian). 26 September 2006.
  4. ^ "Universitetsdirektør og banksjef skal lede Helse Sør-Øst" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 21 March 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
County mayor of Buskerud
Succeeded by