He was born on November 24, 1963 in the village Mets Taghlar of Hadrut region of Nagorno Karabakh.
In 1986 he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Yerevan. He is an engineer electric-technician.
In 1986-1988 he worked as a scientific associate in scientific production union Armvillage-Mechanization.
In 1988-1994 he participated in the liberation struggle of Artsakh, was the first commander of the defense region of Hadrut in NKR, then the head of the 4th division of the headquarters of NKR defense army.
In 1992 he was the Councilor of the first President of the Supreme Council of NKR.
In 1992-1996 he was the commander of the first defense region of defense army of NKR.
In 1997-1999 he was the commander of the first southeastern subdivision.
In 1999 he was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs of NKR by a decree of the President of NKR.
In 1999 he was appointed as Head of Department of Regional Integration of RA Government.
In 2000 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense of RA.
In 2000 he was granted a military title of general-mayor by a decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.
In 2003 he was granted a military title of general-lieutenant by a decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.
On May 12, 2007 he was elected as a deputy of the National Assembly by the proportional system from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/ARF.
On June 7, 2007 he was elected as Chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs and on May 21, 2009 he resigned.
Awarded the orders Combat Cross Second Degree RA, Combat Cross Second Degree NKR, medals For Courage, Drastamat Kanayan, souvenir medal Marshal Baghramyan - 100.
He is married, has three children.