Born on February 13, 1958 in the village of Sarnaghbyur in the Ani region (now Shirak province.)
1982 - he graduated from the present State engineering University of Armenia, with a specialty of an engineer-mechanic.1987 - Armenian branch of Marxism-Leninism University adjunct to USSR Central Committee.
1982 - 1990 - he worked as an engineer-constructor, and later as senior engineer, head of division, deputy head of production unit and head of production unit in Yerevan Hydro Apparatus Plant. 1995 - he was deputy chief engineer in Yerevan Experimental Machinery Plant. 1995 - 1998 - he was head of division in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Armenia. 1998 - 2001 - he was deputy director of “Haymamul” (Armenian Media) CJSC. He was involved in production of ammunition and their delivery during the years of Artsakh freedom fighting. He was a member of National United Party (NUP) acting underground in the USSR, later member of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA.) He is a member of RPA board.
Since 1997 - a member of “Yerkrapah” Volunteer Union.
2001 - 2003 - he was a chairman of the RPA (Republican Party of Armenia) Organization Committee.
2003 - 2007 - he was a deputy in the National Assembly (proportional system, RPA.) He was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly. He was a member of Ad-Hoc Committee Studying the Effectiveness of the Use of Loans, Credits, Grants and Humanitarian Aid Received from Foreign States and International Organizations. He was a member of the Armenian delegation of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
On May 12, 2007 - he was elected a deputy of the National Assembly by the proportional system from the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA.) He is a member of RPA board.
Since 2008 - head of the Armenian delegation of Inter-parliamentary Union.
On May 18, 2009 - he was elected Vice President of the National Assembly.
On December 6, 2011 he was elected President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.
2005 - he was awarded with the Medal of "Andranik Ozanyan" of the ARM Armed Forces, and 2006 - was awarded with the Commemorative Medal of RA Prime Minister.
He is married with three children.