David Hann

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David Hann
David Hann, April 2013.png
Hann in 2013
Minnesota Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Tom Bakk
Succeeded by Tom Bakk
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 48th district
42nd (2003–2013)
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by redrawn district
Succeeded by Steve Cwodzinski
Personal details
Born (1952-04-16) April 16, 1952 (age 65)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Anne
Children 4
Alma mater Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A.)
University of Chicago
Occupation business consultant

David W. Hann (born April 16, 1952) is a Minnesota politician and former Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represented District 48, which consisted of the cities of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka in the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Hann was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1] He attended Lincoln High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, earning a B.A. in Religion, and took graduate studies in Theology at the University of Chicago.[2][3]

Hann is a business process consultant. He used to be the Director of Forecasting and Logistics for E.A. Sween Company, also known as Deli Express, in Eden Prairie.[3] He is also a former member of the Eden Prairie School Board, where he also served as clerk and treasurer.[1] He is a member of the board of directors of the Hiawatha Leadership Academy, and is president of Parents for Accountable Schools.[3]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Hann served as an assistant Majority Leader from January through December 2011.[4] He served on the Rules and Administration Committee. He has been chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and also served on the Education and Finance committees. He was an assistant minority leader from 2007 to 2009. His special legislative concerns included education, education reform, taxes, tax relief, business, improved business climate, family law, and agriculture.[2]

Hann has run unsuccessfully to be the Republican leader in the Minnesota Senate multiple times, most recently losing in 2011 to former Majority Leader David Senjem.[5] Following the loss of the Republican majority in the 2012 election, Hann was elected by his caucus to serve as minority leader.

Hann lost re-election to Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) candidate Steve Cwodzinski in 2016.

2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On July 16, 2009, Hann announced his candidacy for governor of Minnesota.[6] After statewide polling during and after the 2010 caucuses showed him trailing other contenders, he withdrew from the race on February 16, 2010, opting to focus on re-election to the Minnesota Senate.[7]


  1. ^ a b "In Touch With Senator Hann". Minnesota Senate. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Hann, David W". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Senator David Hann Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bierschbach, Briana (December 28, 2011). "New Senate majority leader? In crisis, Republicans turn to Senjem again". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Davis, Don (December 28, 2011). "Senjem, Republicans focus on future, 'new day'". Forum Communications. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kaszuba, Mike (July 16, 2009). "Hann enters GOP contest for governor". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hann drops out of Minn. governor's race". Associated Press. February 16, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Minnesota Senate
New district
Senator from the 48th district
42nd (2003–2013)

Succeeded by
Steve Cwodzinski
Preceded by
Tom Bakk
Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
Succeeded by
Tom Bakk