Kjell Magne Bondevik served as a member of Stortinget (Parliament of Norway) for the County of Møre og Romsdal from 1973-2005, representing the Christian Democratic Party and being a part of the Young Christian Democrats movement.

In 1983, he was appointed as Minister of Church Affairs and Education, where he would serve until 1986. In the meantime, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister to Prime Minister Kåre Willoch in 1985, a task that he fulfilled until 1986. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1989 until 1990. He served as his party’s parliamentary leader from 1981-1983, 1986-1989, 1993-1997, and 2000-2001.

Kjell Magne Bondevik was elected Prime Minister in 1997, in a coalition consisting of the Christian Democratic Party, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party. He was appointed Prime Minister again in October 2001 heading a coalition government between the Christian Democratic Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party, and he served until 2005.

After his political career, he founded The Oslo Center in 2006. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Center. He is also an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. He joined the Club de Madrid in 2005.