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Hansen, Rick

House 2005-2012 (District 39A); House 2013-Present (District 52A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Dakota

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/1/1963
Birth Place: Albert Lea, Minnesota
Birth County: Freeborn
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: United Church of Christ
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): South Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Business; Harmony Cedar Inc., Handcrafted Amish Furniture

EDUCATION

Freeborn High School; Secondary;
Upper Iowa University; B.S.; Biology
Iowa State University; M.S.; Soil Management

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Agency: Minnesota Department of Agriculture; 1988 to 01/04/2005
County Government: Dakota County, Minnesota (Soil and Water Conservation District; Chair, 5 Times); 1996 to 2005 [Elected]
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council (Appointed by Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher); 12/01/2008 to 2??? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Suzanne
Children: One child: Evan (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was raised on a farm.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2009-2010.

Total Days Served: 5458

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 52A
Elected: 11/6/2018
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/8/2019 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2019 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2019 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Ways & Means Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Agriculture and Food Finance & Policy Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Capital Investment Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division (Chair) Minutes

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 52A
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/7/2019
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy and Finance Minutes

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 52A
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2015 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 52A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2013 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Government Operations Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 39A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
   2012 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Minutes
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 39A
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business, Amish Furniture Sales, Harmony Cedar
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Environment Policy and Oversight: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
  • Finance: Capital Investment Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 39A
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business; Harmony Cedar Inc., Handcrafted Amish Furniture/Organic Farm Owner
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
  • Finance: Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Capital Investment Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division: Watersheds, Wetlands and Buffers (Chair) Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 39A
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: South Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Business; Harmony Cedar Inc., Handcrafted Amish Furniture
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2005 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
  • Regulated Industries Minutes
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2018 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2010 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2005 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Schutz, Lee Ann. "Taking on the Issues: Hansen's Background Perfect for Diverse Constituency." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 4, 2005, p. 17.



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