My 2nd cousin Kay Rhyner was kind enough to send me a batch of information she had about the Norwegian side of our family. I’ve written previously about my great-grandparents, Ovidia Olson and Jens Rasmussen Østrem (a/k/a “John Hanson”). While entering all this information into the family tree today, I found out that my third cousin Lisbeth Holand was a member of the Norwegian Parliament! I’m quite proud.
Lisbeth is a descendant of my great-great-grandfather’s brother Rasmus Rasmussen Østrem (1852-1936).
Lisbeth Holand (born 20 January 1946 in Vikna) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party.
She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Nordland in 1989, and was re-elected on one occasion. She had previously served as a deputy representative during the terms 1985–1989, and later served in this position from 1997–2001.
Holand was involved in local politics in Brønnøy municipality. She is also a former leader of Nei til EU. In 1968–1970 she was a member of the national board of the Young Liberals of Norway.
Outside of politics, she graduated as cand.polit. from the University of Oslo in 1975. She worked as a school teacher, since 2000 as a lecturer at Nesna University College.
[Taken from her Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbeth_Holand]