Gary Hanson, South Dakota public service commissioner
|South Dakota Public Utilities Commission|
|2003 - Present|
|Years in position||12|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2002|
|South Dakota State Senate|
|Mayor, Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
Hanson was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a licensed real estate auctioneer, appraiser and broker and owned a small business for 16 years. Hanson also has extensive experience in public service. He served two terms as the Mayor of Sioux Falls and three terms in the South Dakota State Senate, where he was chairman of the Government Operations and Audit Committee and vice-chairman of the Taxation Committee.
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (2003-present)
Hanson has served as a member of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission since 2003. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.
Hanson served as chairman of the PUC in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
|South Dakota Public Service Commissioner, 2014|
|Republican||Gary Hanson Incumbent||65.7%||167,726|
|Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.|
Hanson was re-elected to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2008.
|South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, 2008|
|Republican||Gary Hanson Incumbent||64.9%||222,893|
|Constitution||Eugene R. Hidalgo||3.5%||12,064|
|Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State|
On November 5, 2002, Gary Hanson won election to the office of South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (6 year term). He defeated Pam Nelson (D) in the general election.
|South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (6 year term), 2002|
|Democratic||Pam Nelson Incumbent||43.3%||138,150|
|Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Hanson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hanson raised a total of $204,402 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.
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|Gary Hanson's Campaign Contributions|
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$28,388||$77,147|
|Top 5 contributors||South Dakota Republican Party||$61,097||South Dakota Republican Party||$31,893|
|Fred Thurman||$4,000||Gary Hanson||$1,159|
|Sam Assam||$4,000||South Dakotans for Quality Cable Television||$1,000|
|South Dakota Telecommunications Association||$3,000||John Stanton and Theresa Gillespie||$1,000 each|
|Gary Hanson||$2,898||Marian Sullivan and Mikal Thomsen||$1,000 each|
Hanson and his wife, Sandy, live in Sioux Falls and Pierre. Together, they have three children and several grandchildren.
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- South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
- Hanson's official biography
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Puc.SD.gov, "Commissioner Hanson," accessed September 19, 2011
- Project Vote Smart, "Commissioner Gary Hanson's Biography," accessed January 22, 2013
- E-mail communication with Kristen Mathews, January 16, 2014
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Gary Hanson," accessed May 10, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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