He graduated from high school in National Institute General Francisco Menéndez, and then as a doctor of dental surgery from the University of El Salvador in 1977.
He was succeeded by Gloria Calderón de Oñate while the presidential campaign was taking place. After the election, he returned to the mayor office to resume his duties. He started in politics when he served as the Manager of Social Action of the Municipality of San Salvador during the municipal government of Armando Calderon Sol between the years 1989 to 1994.
Since 1994, he has participated in five continuous legislative periods and was secretary of the Board of the Legislative Assembly during the period 2006 to 2009.
In 2008 he was appointed as the candidate of the Nationalist Republican Alliance for mayor of San Salvador, a position he obtained in open elections January 18, 2009 and plays from 1 May of the same year. On October 28, 2012, Norman Quijano ordered a clean up in the historic center of San Salvador, the country"s capital.
The municipal police removed street vendors in the middle of the night. According to official statements, the debt inherited from previous administrations exceeds the $32 million, currently has decreased to $27 million.
In August 20, 2012, he was appointed as ARENA"s presidential candidate for 2014 elections.
On August 15, 2013, he resigned his position as mayor to run for president Recent polls show Quijano is on the same footing as FMLN candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén.