Chris Hansen (politician)

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Chris Hansen
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Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded byLois Court
Personal details
Born (1975-06-16) June 16, 1975 (age 44)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ulcca Hansen
Children2 Sons
ResidenceDenver, Colorado
Alma materKansas State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Oxford
ProfessionConsultant, Professor

Christopher J. Hansen (born June 16, 1975) is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2016, Hansen represents State House District 6,[1] which encompasses part of east Denver.

Early life and education[edit]

Hansen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and attended high school in Goodland, Kansas, where his father worked as a high school teacher and coach, while his mother worked as a nurse in a local hospital.[2] In 1998, Hansen earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Kansas State University, where he also served as Student Body President[3] and Chair of the Regent's Advisory Committee. He went on to earn a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and a Ph.D in Economic Geography from the Linacre College at University of Oxford in 2009.[4] His doctoral dissertation discussed a case study of a bottom up model of electricity reform in Gujarat, India.


Hansen began work as an associate director at IHS CERA in 2005 where he was promoted to director of corporate strategy in 2010, and again to the position of director of energy insight in 2013.[5]

During his tenure at IHS, Hansen served in multiple capacities for several non-profit and business groups operating in the state of Colorado, including:


In 2016, Hansen won the Democratic nomination for Colorado State House District 6 on June 28, 2016 with 58% of the vote.[7] During the primary, Hansen focused on renewable energy, education funding, and job creation.[4] He went on to run unopposed and won the general election on November 8, 2016.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2016 - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  2. ^ "Representative Chris Hansen - Colorado Democrats". Chris Hansen for Colorado House District 6. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ "Student Body President and Vice President History". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  4. ^ a b "Voter Guide: Colorado House District 6 Democratic primary – The Denver Post". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  5. ^ "Representative Chris Hansen - Colorado Democrats".
  6. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  7. ^ "Chris Hansen - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-05-05.