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Ira Hansen

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Ira Hansen
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Nevada State Assembly, District 32
Incumbent
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
  November 9, 2016
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Leadership
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader
2015-present
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Personal
Date of birth1960
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ira Hansen (b. 1960) is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2015 legislative session, Hansen serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Following the 2014 election, Hansen was named as the new Assembly Speaker. Soon afterwards, Hansen became the subject of a controversy involving views expressed in his past columns, leading him to give up his position on November 23, 2014.[1]

Biography

Hansen's professional experience includes founding Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing and Heating, and working as the owner and manager of Ira Hansen and Sons Disaster Cleanup, talk show host and columnist at the Sparks Tribune and Elko Daily Free Press.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Labor
Judiciary, Chair
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Hansen's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Real jobs come from economic growth. Production creates prosperity. We need to empower the private sector in order to get Nevadans working again."

Growth

  • Excerpt: "To diversify our economy and get people back to work we must keep taxes low and eliminate red tape. California has over-regulated and taxed their business community nearly to death. Let’s invite them to Nevada through limited government and low taxes."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Illegal means ILLEGAL. If you broke the law to get here, you should be sent back. President Eisenhower did exactly that in the 1950's. It is a terrible slap in the face to the immigrants who played by the rules to grant "amnesty" to cheaters. Businesses who knowingly hire illegals should be heavily fined."

Education

  • Excerpt: "We need to put more money in the classroom and cut administrative bureaucracy. Parents need more flexibility in choosing what is best for their children. I will continue former Senator Maurice Washington’s breakthrough work in charter schools and parental choice law."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "All taxes are ultimately paid by you, the consumer. Some are even planning on some form of income tax which must have a Nevada IRS to enforce it. Once in place it is only a short jump to a personal income tax. We do not need more taxes, we need less spending."

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Ira Hansen ran unopposed in the Republican primary, while John Sampaga was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Louis Gabriel ran as a Libertarian candidate. Hansen defeated Sampaga and Gabriel in the general election.[3][4][5]

Nevada State Assembly District 32, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngIra Hansen Incumbent 72% 12,987
     Democratic John Sampaga 22.3% 4,024
     Libertarian Louis Gabriel 5.7% 1,037
Total Votes 18,048

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Hansen ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 32. Hansen ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8][9]

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Hansen won election to the Nevada House of Representatives, defeating Jodi Stephens (R). Two Republicans ran in the general election because no other party nominated a candidate.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 32 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ira Hansen (R) 15,005
Jodi Stephens (R) 12,780

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hansen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hansen raised a total of $132,493 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[10]

Ira Hansen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 32 Won $75,324
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 32 Won $57,169
Grand Total Raised $132,493

2012

Hansen won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $75,324.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ira Hansen's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$5,000
Hansen, Ira$4,925
Newmont Mining$4,000
Retail Association Of Nevada$3,000
MGM Mirage$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$75,324
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hansen won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $57,169.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Nevada scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[12]

2011

Hansen received a score of 54.21 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 13th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[12]

Personal

Hansen and his wife, Alexis, have eight children.

Controversies

Columns

In the 1990s and 2000s, Hansen was a columnist for the Sparks Tribune. Following Hansen's election as Speaker-designate, journalist Dennis Myers researched the assemblyman's output during that time, concluding in an article published November 20, 2014, that he "would be one of the most controversial speakers in Nevada history" based on statements regarding gender, race and homosexuality, of which a number were republished. Among the examples were repeated references to black people as "Negroes" as well as claims of a link between gay men and pedophilia. Andrew Barbano, who penned editorials for the Tribune along with Hansen, wrote prior to the article, "I believe Ira is an overt bigot, racist and homophobe."[13]

Hansen apologized the same day as the article's publication, stating that his comments "have been taken out of context and are being portrayed as intentionally hurtful and disrespectful" and "were meant to be purposely provocative in various political, cultural and religious views." Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford (D) issued a statement against Hansen, saying, "I am saddened that I once again find myself in a position where I have to explain to my children why and how someone who was elected to office in our home state would make such antiquated and bigoted comments. Mr. Hansen has stated that his words were meant to be 'provocative.' They certainty provoke, but more than that, they are offensive."[14]

On November 23, 2014, Hansen submitted an email message to the Republican caucus, announcing that he would step down from his position:

For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee. The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record. Ultimately, this whole attack has very little to do with my views. The powers that be are planning a massive, more than one billion dollar, tax increase and I stood in the way as Speaker. I have already served two terms as an Assemblyman without any of these vicious attacks. It was only when I had risen to leadership that this smear campaign occurred. That is the real reason for this and it is vital the public understands that.[1][15]

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Preceded by
Don Gustavson (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 32
2011- present
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