Frank Bakke-Jensen

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Frank Bakke-Jensen
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Minister of Defence
Assumed office
20 October 2017
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
Minister of European Affairs
In office
20 December 2016 – 20 October 2017
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Elisabeth Aspaker
Succeeded by Marit Berger Røsland
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2009
Constituency Finnmark
Mayor of Båtsfjord
In office
24 October 2007 – 15 October 2009
Preceded by Geir Knutsen
Succeeded by Gunn Marit Nilsen
Personal details
Born (1965-03-08) 8 March 1965 (age 53)
Båtsfjord, Finnmark, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Conservative

Frank Bakke-Jensen (born 8 March 1965 in Båtsfjord) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party of Norway. He became the Norwegian Defense Minister on 20 October 2017.[1] He was minister of EEC- and EU affairs between 2016 and 2017. He was mayor of Båtsfjord from 2007 until his election to the Stortinget from Finnmark in 2009. Bakke-Jensen formerly worked as a ship's electrician between Hammerfest and Tromsø, and has also worked as a teacher and self-employed pilot at Båtsfjord Airport. He has also performed military service in the UN Lebanon conflict.


Bakke-Jensen was elected mayor in 2007, despite the Arbeiderpartiet winning 54.7 percent of the vote, and nine of the fifteen representatives in the municipality. After the elections for mayor saw many Ap split from the party, and when the elections saw two of the breakaway group elected. One of the breakaway group did not attend the nomination meeting, and the other did not vote with his party. Therefore, Bakke-Jensen was elected with Høyre's four votes, Fremskrittspartiet's two representatives deciding not to support the Arbeiderpartiet. As mayor, Bakke-Jensen decided that Båtsfjord should have its own high school within the municipality.

Military service

From 30 August, 1990 to 29 November, 1992, he was in Lebanon as a soldier in contingents 26 and 27, where he was a radio operator in Tibnin in southern Lebanon.

Later, he spent several years in the Homeguard, where he took a squad leader and later a platoon commander course. He has also taken the elite course at the Norwegian Defence Staff College.[2][3]

Storting committees


  1. ^ Ask, Alf Ole (2017-10-20). "Tre bytter i Regjeringen – Ine Eriksen Søreide første kvinnelige utenriksminister". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
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External links

  • Frank Bakke Jensen at Stortinget
Preceded by
Geir Knutsen
Mayor of Båtsfjord
Succeeded by
Gunn Marit Nilsen
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