Lenn Hannon

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Lenn Hannon (July 4, 1943 – April 1, 2010) was the second longest-serving state senator in the history of the U.S. state of Oregon. He held office from 1974 to 2001, switching from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1980.[1] He represented Oregon's 26th district, in southern Jackson County.[2] His political career began when he defeated longtime Republican Lynn Newbry in 1974 by just 37 votes. He earned the nickname "Landslide Lenn" for squeaking by this and other votes.[3]

In late 2003, after retiring from the Senate, Hannon was appointed to the Oregon state parole board by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Hannon was born in Roseburg, Oregon and served in the U.S Army from 1961 to 1967. He attained the rank of Sergeant serving in the Oregon National Guard.[4] He attended Ashland High School, Southern Oregon University,[5] and was a student at Southern Oregon State College in 1963-1964, concurrent with his time in the Army.[6] Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University is named for him.[5]

He was awarded an Outstanding Young Man of America award by the U.S. Jaycees in 1974.[7]


  1. ^ "Lenn Hannon". The Oregon Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ Mann, Damian (3 April 2010). "Lenn Hannon: 'He told it to you straight'". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Staff (9 April 2010). "A man of his word". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Who's Who In American Politics (7th ed.). New York: R. R. Bowker. 1979. p. 921. ISBN 0-8352-1136-3. 
  5. ^ a b Staff (2 April 2010). "Longtime Ashland legislator Hannon dead at 66". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Who's Who In The West (19th ed.). Chicago, Illinois: Marquis Who's Who. 1983. p. 351. ISBN 0-8379-0919-8. 
  7. ^ Who's Who In American Politics (8th ed.). New York: R. R. Bowker. 1981. p. 805. OCLC 658786400.