For the last four years she has held the position of Minister of Defense.
Eriksen Søreide represents The Conservative Party (Høyre), and is elected to parliament from the constituency of Oslo. Her parliamentary experience includes:
- 2009-2013 Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, and Chair, Enlarged Foreign Affairs Committee
- 2009-2013 Head of the Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament, and Head of the European Consultative Committee
- 2005-2009 Chair, Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs
- 2001-2005 Member, Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs
Eriksen Søreide holds a Graduate degree in Law (Cand. jur.) from The University of Tromsø (2007).