Trine Skei Grande

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Trine Skei Grande
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Minister of Culture
Assumed office
17 January 2018
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland
Leader of the Liberal Party
Assumed office
10 April 2010
Preceded by Lars Sponheim
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2001
Constituency Oslo
Personal details
Born (1969-10-02) 2 October 1969 (age 48)
Overhalla, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Venstre
Alma mater University of Oslo

Trine Skei Grande (born 2 October 1969 in Overhalla) is a Norwegian politician and leader of the Liberal Party of Norway. She is currently a member of the Norwegian Parliament for Oslo.

This is her fourth consecutive term, after first serving as deputy Member of Parliament from 2001 for Minister Odd Einar Dørum, and became Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party from 2001 until 2005. She was elected as Member of Parliament in the 2005 parliamentary election, and then re-elected in the 2009 and 2013 parliamentary elections.

Grande studied languages and economics at NTNU and later political science and history at the University of Oslo. Prior to entering politics full-time she worked as a part-time journalist, a high school teacher and as a lecturer at Nord-Trøndelag University College.[1] After it became public that she had sex with a 17 year-old in 2008,[2] her response was "I probably have done some stupid things, but I'm not an attacker."[3][4]

Grande was a member of the Liberal Party central board in 1999–2000, and was deputy leader from 2000 until 2010. Grande was elected MP for Oslo in 2009 parliamentary election, although the Liberal Party suffered a severe blow; she and Borghild Tenden of Akershus were the only Liberal MPs to be elected. Following the resignation of Lars Sponheim as party leader, she was elected leader of the Liberal Party at the General Assembly in 2010.

In 2013, under her leadership, the Liberal parliamentary group grew with seven more members of parliament. Currently the Liberal Party, along with the Christian Democratic Party (Norway) (KrF), is in an agreement with the two governing parties, the Conservative Party (H) and the Progress Party (FrP), giving them influence on policy although they are outside the government.

Standing Committees

  • 2013–2017 member of Foreign Affairs and Defence
  • 2009–2013 member of Education, Research and Church Affairs
  • 2009–2013 member of Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 2009–2013 member of Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs
  • 2009–2013 member of Election Committee
  • 2005–2009 member of Family and Cultural Affairs
  • 2005–2009 member of Election Committee
  • 2001–2005 member of Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 2001–2005 member of Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 2001–2005 member of Election Committee


  1. ^ "Biografi: Grande, Trine Skei". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Heidi Schei Lilleås. "He was 17, Skei Grande was 38 - now he tells his story". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
Bård Folke Fredriksen
Oslo City Commissioner of Culture and Education
Succeeded by
Kjell Veivåg
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lars Sponheim
Leader of the Norwegian Liberal Party

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