Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson is the Former Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and is an Icelandic politician. He has been actively involved in various aspects of Icelandic politics and currently holds the position of Chairman of the Member of the Special Committee on the Standing Orders of Althing.
He graduated from the College of Isafjordur in 1975; he then started working in the editorial offices of a newspaper. In 1980 he completed his degree in Political Science at Essex University in the United Kingdom. After finishing his studies he returned to Iceland and began his political career at the Icelandic parliament – Althing in 1991. He was a member of various Committees and has also chaired various Committees including; Committees of Transport and Communications (1995-1999), Althing Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs (1999-2000), Fisheries (1999-2003), Economy and Trade (2003) and Icelandic Delegation to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (2004-2005).
He was serving as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party. He was then appointed as the Minister of Fisheries in 2005 and the Minister of Agriculture in 2007. The two ministries merged on January 1, 2008 and he became the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. He became a speaker of the unicameral Althing (Icelandic’s parliament) in 2013.