George V. Hansen

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George V. Hansen
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 January 3, 1985
Preceded by Orval Hansen
Succeeded by Richard Stallings
In office
January 3, 1965 January 3, 1969
Preceded by Ralph Harding
Succeeded by Orval Hansen
Personal details
George Vernon Hansen

(1930-09-14)September 14, 1930
Tetonia, Idaho
DiedAugust 14, 2014(2014-08-14) (aged 83)
Pocatello, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Connie Hansen (†2013) [1]
Residence Pocatello
Alma mater Ricks College, 1956
Profession Insurance
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/service U.S. Air Force
U.S. Naval Reserve
Years of service19511954, USAF
19641970, USNR

George Vernon Hansen (September 14, 1930 – August 14, 2014) was a Republican politician from the state of Idaho. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, representing Idaho's 2nd district from 1965 to 1969 and again from 1975 to 1985.



Born in Tetonia, Idaho, Hansen graduated from Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho) in 1956 and did graduate work at Idaho State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954 and the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1964 to 1970. Hansen moved to Alameda, Idaho, and was established as a life insurance salesman by 1958.


Hansen was elected mayor of Alameda in 1961 and supported its merger with Pocatello the following year. Following the merger, Hansen served as a Pocatello city commissioner until 1965.

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the primary for the U.S. Senate in 1962, but won a seat in the House two years later in the 2nd district, ousting Democratic incumbent Ralph Harding. He was one of the few Republican challengers to unseat a Democrat in the wake of Lyndon Johnson's 44-state landslide that year.

He again ran for the U.S. Senate in 1968, but lost to two-term incumbent Frank Church, who would serve four terms. Hansen ran a third unsuccessful Senate campaign in 1972, losing the primary to 1st district congressman Jim McClure.

In 1974, Hansen upset three-term incumbent Orval Hansen in the August primary and won the general election to return to the U.S. House. In Washington, Hansen was known as one of the most conservative members of Congress, and a particularly vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service.

Congressman Hansen went to Tehran in 1979 in the middle of the Iran hostage crisis to try to negotiate with the hostage takers through the fence of the U.S. Embassy. No hostages were released. In 1980 Hansen published a book titled To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power.

Hansen ran again for the House in 1984, but was defeated for re-election by less than 200 votes that year by Democrat Richard Stallings. [2] Hansen tried unsuccessfully to challenge the election result.

Campaign Finance law violations

In 1974, Hansen became the first member of Congress to be convicted of violating a 1971 campaign finance law requiring disclosure of all financial contributions to his campaign. A federal judge found him guilty of not disclosing all his loans and profits, and sentenced him to pay a fine. [3]

Filing False Disclosure statements

In 1983, Hansen was indicted by a federal grand jury on four charges of filing false financial disclosure statements. He was accused of concealing more than $245,000 in loans and $87,000 in profits from silver speculation, much of it in his wife's name.

Violation of Ethics Act

In 1984 Hansen was convicted of violating the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. He had failed to disclose $334,000 in personal loans to his campaign. He was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $40,000. Appealing all the way to the US Supreme Court, his conviction was vacated and the fine returned to him. [4] [5] [6]

Bank Fraud

In 1992, Hansen was in prison again on charges of defrauding two Idaho banks and 100 individuals in a $30 million investment scheme. He was sentenced to four years in prison. [7]


In 2014, he died at a hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, aged 83. [8]

Election results

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1964–1966, 1974–1984
1964 Ralph Harding (inc.)84,02247.8%George Hansen91,83852.2%
1966A.W. "Bill" Brunt33,34829.7%George Hansen (inc.)79,02470.3%
1974Max Hanson53,59944.3%George Hansen67,27455.7%
1976Stan Kress82,23749.4%George Hansen (inc.)84,17550.6%
1978Stan Kress60,04042.7%George Hansen (inc.)80,59157.3%
1980 Diane Bilyeu 81,36441.2%George Hansen (inc.)116,19658.8%
1982 Richard Stallings 76,60847.7%George Hansen (inc.)83,87352.3%
1984Richard Stallings101,26650.03%George Hansen (inc.)101,13349.97%
U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class III): Results 1968
1968 Frank Church (inc.)173,48260.3%George Hansen114,39439.7%

Source: [9]


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ralph R. Harding
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 4, 1965January 3, 1969
Succeeded by
Orval H. Hansen
Preceded by
Orval H. Hansen
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 3, 1975January 4, 1985
Succeeded by
Richard H. Stallings
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Hawley
Republican Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1968 (lost)
Succeeded by
Robert L. Smith