Marit Arnstad

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Marit Arnstad
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Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
18 June 2012 – 16 October 2013
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa
Succeeded by Ketil Solvik-Olsen
Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
17 October 1997 – 17 March 2000
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded by Ranveig Frøiland
Succeeded by Olav Akselsen
Parliamentary Leader of the Centre Party
Assumed office
9 April 2014
Preceded by Liv Signe Navarsete
In office
25 March 2003 – 30 September 2005
Preceded by Odd Roger Enoksen
Succeeded by Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2013
Constituency Nord-Trøndelag
In office
1 October 2001 – 30 September 2005
In office
1 October 1993 – 30 September 1997
Personal details
Born (1962-05-04) 4 May 1962 (age 56)
Skatval, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Political party Centre Party

Marit Arnstad (born 4 May 1962) is a Norwegian lawyer and politician for the Centre Party. She was the Norwegian Minister of Transport from 2012 to 2013.[1][2]

Arnstad was born in Stjørdal. She held various jobs and offices before entering politics on a national level in 1993.[3] That year, she was elected to the Storting and sat as a representative for the Centre Party from 1993 to 1997.[4] Following the 1997 election, she took a seat in Kjell Magne Bondevik's first Cabinet as Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 17 October 1997 to 17 March 2000,[1] when the government resigned over the issue of gas power stations. In 2001 she was once again elected to the Storting, where she sat until 2005.[4]

After the Norwegian parliamentary election of 2005, she was mentioned by many as a possible minister in the new government that included the Centre Party, but Arnstad did not become a minister at that time.[5] In 2012, she became the Minister of Transport in Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet.

She is nominated at the top spot on the Centre Party ballot in Nord-Trøndelag for the Norwegian parliamentary election, 2013, which is considered a safe seat. She was preferred for the top spot over Lars Peder Brekk who had the position in 2005.[6] She has been mentioned as a possible future leader of the Centre Party.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Marit Arnstad". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ "Changes in the Government". 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ Per Kristian Johansen (15 September 2008). "Marit Arnstad" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  4. ^ a b "Marit Arnstad" (in Norwegian). Storting. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  5. ^ Heidi Schei Lilleås (2009-10-21). "Marit Arnstad - Jens ringte aldri" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  6. ^ Arnstad på topp for Senterpartiet i Nord-Trøndelag Nationen, 24 November 2012 (in Norwegian)
  7. ^ Mari Gisvold Garathun: Velgerne vil helst ha Marit Arnstad som leder for Senterpartiet Nationen, 27 December 2012 (in Norwegian)
Political offices
Preceded by
Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa
Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications
Succeeded by
Ketil Solvik-Olsen
Preceded by
Ranveig Frøiland
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Succeeded by
Olav Akselsen
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