Tor Mikkel Wara

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Tor Mikkel Wara
Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
In office
4 April 2018 – 15 March 2019
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded bySylvi Listhaug
Succeeded byJøran Kallmyr
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
23 October 1989 – 30 September 1993
First Deputy Leader of the Progress Party
In office
3 May 1991 – 23 April 1993
LeaderCarl I. Hagen
Preceded byPål Atle Skjervengen
Succeeded byEllen Margrethe Wibe
Personal details
Born (1964-12-27) 27 December 1964 (age 55)
Karasjok, Norway
Political partyProgress
Domestic partnerLaila Anita Bertheussen

Tor Mikkel Wara (born 27 December 1964) is a Norwegian politician from the Progress Party, who has served as Minister of Justice and Public Security of Norway from April 2018 to 2019 after the resignation of Sylvi Listhaug.

Wara was born in Karasjok, and was a member of the Oslo municipality council between 1987 and 1989.[1] During the same period he was the chairman of the Youth of the Progress Party, and became known as a young rising star within the party.[2] He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament for the Progress Party from Oslo in 1989, and became vice chairman of the party in 1991.[1]

In 1993 he however left the Progress Party and quit active politics. While he was one of the main players of the young libertarians within the party in the early 1990s, he was contrary to popular belief not part of the "Dolkesjø" incident in 1994, having left the party the year before.[2]

As the leadership of the Progress Party in 2006 changed hands from Carl I. Hagen to Siv Jensen, Wara was before the 2009 election spoken of as a possible Minister of Finance for the party in an eventual government, with the recent broad popular support for the party.[3]

In 2018, he was appointed Minister of Justice by Erna Solberg. In March 2019 his partner, Laila Anita Bertheussen, was formally named as a suspect in a series of apparent attacks on the couple's house. As a result of this affair, Wara resigned his position.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Tor Mikkel Wara" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  2. ^ a b Garvik, Olav (25 March 2006). "Wara inn i varmen igjen i Frp". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  3. ^ Johansen, Marianne; Johnsrud, Ingar; Nielsen, Andreas (25 May 2009). "Kvinneknipe for Siv i Frp-regjering". VG Nett.
  4. ^ Norway's justice minister resigns after faked threats Channel News Asia, 29 March 2019.
Preceded by
Pål Atle Skjervengen
Chairman of the Youth of the Progress Party
Succeeded by
Jan Erik Fåne
Preceded by
Pål Atle Skjervengen
First Deputy Leader of the Progress Party
Succeeded by
Ellen Wibe
Preceded by
Sylvi Listhaug
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Jøran Kallmyr