Rick Hansen

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Rick Hansen
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52A
Incumbent
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUpper Iowa University, 1985
Master'sIowa State University, 1987
Personal
BirthdayMarch 1, 1963
Place of birthAlbert Lea, Minnesota
ProfessionOrganic Farmer
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Rick Hansen (b. March 1, 1963) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 52A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Hansen earned his B.S. in Biology from Upper Iowa University and M.S. in Soil Management from Iowa State University. His professional experience includes working as an organic farmer and co-owner of Harmony Cedar, Inc.; he previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture from 1988 to 2005, and as a Supervisor of the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Program.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Government Operations
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Voted for a bipartisan bonding bill that will put thousands of Minnesotans to work and improve our public infrastructure. "

Energy and Conservation

  • Excerpt: "One of my priorities for legislative action was focused upon energy conservation. When using public dollars, it is important to include energy efficiency inducements in order to lower ongoing costs."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Rick Hansen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Joe Blum was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hansen defeated Blum in the general election.[3][4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Hansen Incumbent 59.4% 9,777
     Republican Joe Blum 40.5% 6,661
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 26
Total Votes 16,464

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hansen won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 52A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Joe Blum (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Hansen Incumbent 62.6% 13,732
     Republican Joe Blum 37.4% 8,216
Total Votes 21,948

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hansen won re-election to the District 39A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Don Lee (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 39A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Hansen (DFL) 9,512 58.34%
Don Lee (R) 6,777 41.57%
Write-In 15 0.09%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rick Hansen won election to the District 39A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Bill Jungbauer. [9]

Rick Hansen raised $43,971 for his campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 39A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Hansen (DFL) 12,798 60.35%
Bill Jungbauer (R) 8,373 39.49%
Write-In 34 0.16%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hansen is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Hansen raised a total of $163,541 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[11]

Rick Hansen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 52A Won $33,684
2010 Minnesota State House, District 39A Won $13,442
2008 Minnesota State House, District 39A Won $43,971
2006 Minnesota State House, District 39A Won $37,576
2004 Minnesota State House, District 39A Won $34,868
Grand Total Raised $163,541

2012

Hansen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $33,684.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Hansen's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,073
52nd Senate District DFL New$5,000
39th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Minnesota Green Industry PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$33,684
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hansen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $13,442.

2008

Hansen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $43,971.

2006

Hansen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $37,576.

2004

Hansen won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $34,868.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[12]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[14]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[15]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[16]

2013

Hansen received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 116th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2012

Hansen received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 72nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2011

Hansen received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 102nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [19]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Hansen
  2. "votehansen," Official Campaign Website
  3. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money's report on Hansen's 2008 campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money, "Hansen, Rick." Retrieved July 17, 2013
  12. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Dettmer (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 52A
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 39A
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Dettmer (R)