Orval H. Hansen

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Orval H. Hansen
Orval H. Hansen.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by George Hansen
Succeeded by George Hansen
Personal details
Born Orval Howard Hansen
(1926-08-03) August 3, 1926 (age 88)
Firth, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) June Duncan
Children 7
Residence Idaho Falls
Alma mater University of Idaho, 1950
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1954
The George Washington University, Ph.D., 1986
Profession Attorney, Military
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy,
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Years of service 1944–46 (USN)
ret. 1978 (USAF)
Rank Lt. Col.
Battles/wars World War II

Orval Howard Hansen (born August 3, 1926) is a former congressman from Idaho. He served three terms as a Republican in the House from 1969 to 1975, representing the state's 2nd district.

Early years[edit]

Born in Firth, Idaho, Hansen earned a B.A. from the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1950 and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1954. He also earned an LLM (awarded in 1973) and a Ph.D. in political science (awarded in 1986) from The George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, including one year in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1978.

Political career[edit]

Hansen's political career began in the state legislature, where he served four terms in the House, beginning in 1956. He served as House Majority Leader from 1961 to 1962. In his first run for Congress, he won the GOP nomination in a runoff,[1] but lost the general election to incumbent Ralph Harding in 1962. He returned to the Idaho House for another two-year term, followed by one term in the state senate. Hansen ran again for Congress and was elected in 1968, serving three terms before being ousted in the 1974 Republican primary in August by the man he succeeded six years earlier, George Hansen (no relation).[2][3] (George Hansen had vacated the seat in 1968 to run for the U.S. Senate, but lost to incumbent Frank Church.) U.S. Senator Mike Crapo got his first taste of Washington politics as an intern for Orval Hansen during the summer of 1972.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1962, 1968–1972
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1962 Ralph Harding (inc.) 83,152 52.8% Orval Hansen 74,203 47.2%
1968 Darrel V. Manning 54,256 43.9% Orval Hansen 65,029 52.6% Joel Anderson Amer. Indep. 4,377 3.5%
1970 Marden E. Wells 31,872 31.6% Orval Hansen (inc.) 66,428 65.8% Joel Anderson American 2,625 2.6%
1972 Willis H. Ludlow 40,081 27.0% Orval Hansen (inc.) 102,537 69.2% John L. Thiebert American 5,560 3.8%

Source:[4]

Following his service in Congress, Hansen returned to private law practice, and founded the Columbia Institute for Political Research in 1977.

Personal[edit]

Hansen is married to the former June Duncan of Southport, England; they have seven children. In 2006, Hansen's son Jim D. Hansen won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd district seat, but was defeated by incumbent Mike Simpson.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in second district runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Orval Hansen apparently out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. August 7, 1974. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Glaus, Ric (October 5, 1975). "Orval Hansen says Steve Symms cost him the campaign". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 5A. 
  4. ^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George V. Hansen
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 3, 1969–January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
George V. Hansen