|North Dakota House of Representatives District 16|
|December 1, 2012 - present|
|December 1, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|State House Minority Caucus Leader|
|Per diem||Up to $1,569/month for lodging|
|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 earned his B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. His professional experience includes working as a commercial realtor.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hanson served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Industry, Business and Labor|
In the 2013-2014 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|
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Hanson currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.
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- Profile from the North Dakota House of Representatives
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- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money: 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Ben Hanson," accessed May 23, 2014
- North Dakota Legislative Assembly, "Text of HB 1373," accessed May 22, 2014
- Associated Press, "North Dakota lawmaker wants limits on drone use," January 6, 2013
- North Dakota Legislative Assembly, "Bill Actions for HB 1373," accessed May 22, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 General Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Hanson, Ben," accessed May 29, 2013
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