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Ben Hanson

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Ben Hanson
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 16
In office
December 1, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 3
State House Minority Caucus Leader
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFargo South High School
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University Moorhead
Office website
Ben W. Hanson is a Democratic member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In the 2015 session, Hanson serves as Minority Caucus Leader.


Hanson earned his B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. His professional experience includes working as a commercial realtor.[1]

Committee assignments

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:


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.[2][3] On January 28, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.[4]



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5][6]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBen Koppelman 29% 2,914
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hanson 26.6% 2,675
     Democratic John Lund 23.4% 2,357
     Republican Harlan Goerger 21% 2,116
Total Votes 10,062

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Ben Hanson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 16 Won $3,875
Grand Total Raised $3,875


Hanson 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
Marathon Oil$300
Total Raised in 2012$3,875
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

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Hanson currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

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