|North Dakota House of Representatives District 16|
|December 1, 2012 - present|
|December 1, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Fargo South High School|
|Bachelor's||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
Hanson received his diploma from Fargo South High School. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Hanson is a commercial realtor.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hanson served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Political Subdivisions|
Law enforcement drones
On January 21, 2013, Hanson, fellow Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Joe Heilman, Curt Hofstad, David Monson, Karen Rohr, and Nathan Toman, and Senator Margaret Sitte introduced HB 1373 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by law enforcement agencies. This bill would require agencies to receive a court warrant for any drone use, and such warrants would only be obtainable for felony investigations. Exceptions would be made for drones used to patrol the Canadian border, aid law enforcement agencies where there is "reasonable suspicion" that quick action is necessary, and evaluate damage during and after natural disasters. HB 1373 would also allow people injured by governmental violation of these restrictions to sue the offending law enforcement agencies. The bill would expressly prohibit surveillance by drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons, private surveillance of other private parties without informed consent, and surveillance of people exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. On January 28, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.
Hanson ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota House District 16. Hanson and Mike Lindemann ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. Hanson and Ben Koppelman defeated John Lund and Harlan Goerger in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Comprehensive donor information for Hanson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hanson raised a total of $3,875 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.
|Ben Hanson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||North Dakota State House, District 16||$3,875|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,875|
2012Hanson won election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hanson raised a total of $3,875.
|North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ben Hanson's campaign in 2012|
|House Democratic-NPL Caucus of North Dakota||$1,100|
|North Dakota Association of Realtors||$800|
|North Dakota Petroleum Council||$350|
|United Transportation Union||$300|
|Total Raised in 2012||$3,875|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Hanson currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.
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