He holds the candidate.jur. degree. He worked in the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo from 1975 to 1987, and in Oslo Boligog Sparelag from 1992. He was elected to Oslo city council following the 1979 local elections, but was a deputy member from 1984.
In 1989 he was appointed as City Commissioner of the Boroughs in the city government of Hans Svelland.
He left city politics in 1991, but returned as Chairman of the City Government in 1997. He served until 2000, and was then a councilman until 2003.