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
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 Hanson is a Democratic member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Hanson received his diploma from Fargo South High School. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Hanson is a commercial realtor.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 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.[1][2] On January 28, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.[3]



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.

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
     Republican John Lund 23.4% 2,357
     Democratic 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.[4]

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.


Hanson currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.

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