Trine Skei Grande

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Trine Skei Grande
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Leader of the Liberal Party
Assumed office
17 April 2010
Deputy Ola Elvestuen
Terje Breivik
Preceded by Lars Sponheim
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2001
Constituency Oslo
Minister of Education
Assumed office
24 January 2020
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Jan Tore Sanner
Minister of Culture
In office
17 January 2018 – 24 January 2020
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Linda Hofstad Helleland
Succeeded by Abid Raja
Oslo City Commissioner of Culture and Education
In office
29 November 2000 – 7 November 2001
Preceded by Bård Folke Fredriksen
Succeeded by Kjell Veivåg
Personal details
Born (1969-10-02) 2 October 1969 (age 50)
Overhalla, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Oslo

Trine Skei Grande (born 2 October 1969) is a Norwegian politician and leader of the Liberal Party of Norway since 2010. She has served as Minister of Education since 2020[1], and served as Minister of Culture from 2018 to 2020. She is also an MP for Oslo since 2001.

Early life and education

Grande was born in Overhalla on 2 October 1969. She studied economics at introductory level at NTNU and later political science and history at introductory level 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.[2]

Political career

The current Storting is her fourth consecutive term as a member, 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 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.

Party leadership

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. After January 2018, the Liberal Party entered government as a junior partner with the Conservative and Progress parties, taking three positions in the cabinet.

Standing committee membership

  • 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. ^ "This Is Solberg's Cabinet 4.0". NRK. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.;
  2. ^ "Biografi: Grande, Trine Skei". Retrieved 14 November 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bård Folke Fredriksen
Oslo City Commissioner of Culture and Education
Succeeded by
Kjell Veivåg
Preceded by
Linda Hofstad Helleland
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Abid Raja
Preceded by
Jan Tore Sanner
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lars Sponheim
Leader of the Norwegian Liberal Party

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