Dave Hansen

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Dave Hansen
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 30th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Preceded by Gary Drzewiecki
Personal details
Born (1947-12-18) December 18, 1947 (age 66)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jane Dessart
Children 3
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Green
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Senate website

Dave Hansen (born December 18, 1947) is a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 30th District since 2001.

Early life and education[edit]

Hansen was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1971, marrying Jane Dessart the same year; the couple has three children.

Early career[edit]

Before being elected to public office, Hansen was a school teacher, a Teamster’s Union steward, and also a truck driver for the City of Green Bay.[1] He served on the Board of Supervisors for Brown County from 1996 to 2002.

Wisconsin Senate[edit]

Hansen was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in November 2000. He defeated incumbent Republican Senator Gary Drzewiecki. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He has served as the Assistant Democratic Leader since 2003.

2011 Union protests[edit]

On February 20, 2011, it was reported that Hansen, along with the 13 other Democratic State Senators, fled the state to deny the State Senate a quorum on Governor Scott Walker's legislation which limited collective bargaining benefits for most municipal state employees.[2]

2011 Recall effort[edit]

Hansen was the target of a recall effort as a result of the 2011 Wisconsin protests. On July 19, however, he handily defeated his challenger and retained his seat.

A chronology of the recall effort:

  • February 25: The committee "Recall Dave Hansen" officially registered with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.[3] 13,582 signatures were required by April 26, 2011 to force a recall election. He was considered to be one of the three potentially vulnerable Democratic senators.
  • March 17: One Republican petitioner collecting signatures to recall Hansen allegedly stole several personal belongings from a couple. The man was found to be from Colorado and had a felony record; he came to Wisconsin with other out-of-state petitioners.[4]
  • April 21: Recall supporters filed about 18,872 signatures with Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board.[5]
  • June 10: Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board certified the recall election.[6]
  • July 19: Hansen defeated his recall challenger, Republican David VanderLeest, receiving 66% of the vote.[7]


  1. ^ "Senator Dave Hansen: Biography". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Glauber, Bill (February 20, 2011). "In Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Democrats vow unity". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Recall Dave Hansen". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. March 9, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Contorno, Steve (April 13, 2011). "Wisconsin Republican Party drops recall worker cited in Lambeau Field theft". Herald Times Reporter (Maniwotoc). Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Tolan, Tom (April 21, 2011). "Recall petitions filed against 4 lawmakers". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bauer, Scott (June 11, 2011). "Wisconsin Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay recall election certified". Green Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "July Recall, Special Election Results". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 

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