George V. Hansen
|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Idaho's 2nd district
January 3, 1975 –January 3, 1985
|Preceded by||Orval Hansen|
|Succeeded by||Richard Stallings|
January 3, 1965 –January 3, 1969
|Preceded by||Ralph Harding|
|Succeeded by||Orval Hansen|
George Vernon Hansen
September 14, 1930
|Died||August 14, 2014 83) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Connie Hansen (†2013)|
|Alma mater||Ricks College, 1956|
|Branch/service|| U.S. Air Force |
U.S. Naval Reserve
|Years of service||1951–1954, USAF|
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.
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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.
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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 was fined.
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.Hansen tried unsuccessfully to challenge the election result.
In 1983, Mr. 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.
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.
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.
In 2014, he died at a hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, aged 83.
|1964||Ralph Harding (inc.)||84,022||47.8%||George Hansen||91,838||52.2%|
|1966||A.W. "Bill" Brunt||33,348||29.7%||George Hansen (inc.)||79,024||70.3%|
|1974||Max Hanson||53,599||44.3%||George Hansen||67,274||55.7%|
|1976||Stan Kress||82,237||49.4%||George Hansen (inc.)||84,175||50.6%|
|1978||Stan Kress||60,040||42.7%||George Hansen (inc.)||80,591||57.3%|
|1980||Diane Bilyeu||81,364||41.2%||George Hansen (inc.)||116,196||58.8%|
|1982||Richard Stallings||76,608||47.7%||George Hansen (inc.)||83,873||52.3%|
|1984||Richard Stallings||101,266||50.03%||George Hansen (inc.)||101,133||49.97%|
|1968||Frank Church (inc.)||173,482||60.3%||George Hansen||114,394||39.7%|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ralph R. Harding
| United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District |
January 4, 1965–January 3, 1969
Orval H. Hansen
Orval H. Hansen
| United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District |
January 3, 1975–January 4, 1985
Richard H. Stallings
|Party political offices|
| Republican Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho |
Robert L. Smith