Eva Kristin Hansen
Hansen in March 2012
President of the Storting
In office
9 October 2021 – 23 November 2021
MonarchHarald V
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Jonas Gahr Støre
Preceded byTone W. Trøen
Succeeded byMasud Gharahkhani
First Vice President of the Storting
In office
7 October 2017 – 9 October 2021
PresidentOlemic Thommessen
Tone W. Trøen
Preceded byMarit Nybakk
Succeeded bySvein Harberg
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2005
ConstituencySør-Trøndelag
Member of the Trondheim City Council
In office
14 March 2003 – 20 March 2005
Leader of the Workers' Youth League
In office
22 October 2000 – 8 September 2002
DeputyGry Larsen
Preceded byAnniken Huitfeldt
Succeeded byGry Larsen
Personal details
Born (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 48)
Trondheim, South Trøndelag, Norway
Political partyLabour
Alma materNorwegian University of Science and Technology

Eva Kristin Hansen (born 5 March 1973 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. She briefly served as the President of the Storting from October to November 2021. She has also served as an MP for South Trøndelag since 2005. She was also leader of the Workers' Youth League from 2000 to 2002.

Career

Youth League

From 2000 to 2002, she was the leader of the Workers' Youth League, the youth wing of the Labour Party.

Parliament

She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 2005.

Following the 2017 election, she was proposed as the Labour Party’s candidate for President of the Storting as an alternative to incumbent Conservative Olemic Thommessen, who had faced harsh criticism for his handling of the budget in regards to renovations of the Storting. Hansen was eventually not elected, but became First Vice President instead.[1] She was again the party’s candidate for the same position following the 2021 election, which the Labour Party parliamentary group unanimously agreed to.[2] The Storting voted to confirm her to the post on 9 October, with 160 in favour and 8 abstaining. Hansen is the first Storting president to hail from Trøndelag since Guttorm Hansen in 1973.[3]

President of the Storting

Upon becoming President of the Storting, Hansen vowed to clean up in the cases where Storting representatives benefited from economical goods. She expressed fear that it might lead to further disdain for politicians in Norway. She also stressed the importance a lot of the political work would happen in the Storting rather through government ministries, saying it would "really become a revitalization of the Storting's work".[4]

After Olaug Bollestad called for a change in the rules to allow breastfeeding in the Storting chamber, Hansen said she never said it wasn’t allowed and nothing in the rules explicitly said anything for or against it. She said it would be a topic at an upcoming meeting with the parliamentary leaders.[5]

Verdens Gang revealed in November, that Hansen had violated the parliamentary commuter home rules. She resided in Ski, while living in Trondheim. Hansen issued an apology, and admitted that she had misunderstood the rules.[6][7] Hansen further stated that she wasn’t a “crook” and that she hadn’t intended to do anything wrong.[8]

After the Oslo police launched an investigation into the breach of rules from multiple MPs, Hansen announced that she would resign as president of the Storting, also assuming that she was one of the said MPs.[9] She formally resigned on 23 November.[10] The police later confirmed that Hansen was not a suspect in their investigation. Her lawyer, John Christian Elden, stated that the selection of a new President of the Storting should be postponed, and that Hansen had resigned on wrong premises.[11]

Local politics

On the local level she was a member of Trondheim city council from 2003 to 2005. From 1995 to 1999 she was a deputy member of Sør-Trøndelag county council.

Other

She has worked for Nei til EU and Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.

References

  1. ^ "Ap fremmer egen kandidat til stortingspresidentvervet" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Arbeiderpartiet vil ha Eva Kristin Hansen som stortingspresident" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Eva Kristin Hansen valgt til ny stortingspresident" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisen. 9 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Ny stortingspresident varsler opprydding: – Jeg tror vi må jobbe hardt for å gjenreise tilliten" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 9 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Stortingspresidenten avviser amme-nekt" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 28 October 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Stortingspresidenten beklager – sier hun har misforstått reglene om pendlerbolig" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  7. ^ "In Norway, politician perk scandals reach the parliament top position". Newsendip. 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  8. ^ "Stortingspresidenten: -Jeg er ingen kjeltring" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 17 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Eva Kristin Hansen: Trekker seg" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 18 November 2021. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Stortingspresidenten har nå formelt trukket seg" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Elden: Mener valget av ny stortingspresident må utsettes" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 24 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.


Party political offices Preceded byAnniken Huitfeldt Leader of the Workers' Youth League 2000–2002 Succeeded byGry Larsen Political offices Preceded byTone W. Trøen President of the Storting 2021 Succeeded byMasud Gharahkhani