Tarawneh was Jordanian ambassador to the US and headed the Jordanian delegation, which was in charge of peace negotiations with Israel
in 1994. Then he was appointed Prime Minister and served in this post from 20 August 1998 to 4 March 1999, the last Prime Minister under Hussein, who died in February 1999.
Next he was named chief of the royal court in 1999. The other cabinet posts he held include Foreign Minister and Trade Minister. Tarawneh was appointed senator in 2003.