Hann in 2013
|Minnesota Senate Minority Leader|
January 8, 2013 – January 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Bakk|
|Succeeded by||Tom Bakk|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 48th district
January 7, 2003 – January 2, 2017
|Preceded by||redrawn district|
|Succeeded by||Steve Cwodzinski|
April 16, 1952 |
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A.)
University of Chicago
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
Hann was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.
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. He is also a former member of the Eden Prairie School Board, where he also served as clerk and treasurer. He is a member of the board of directors of the Hiawatha Leadership Academy, and is president of Parents for Accountable Schools.
Hann served as an assistant Majority Leader from January through December 2011. 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.
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. Following the loss of the Republican majority in the 2012 election, Hann was elected by his caucus to serve as minority leader.
2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign
On July 16, 2009, Hann announced his candidacy for governor of Minnesota. 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.
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- "Hann, David W". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Senator David Hann Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Bierschbach, Briana (December 28, 2011). "New Senate majority leader? In crisis, Republicans turn to Senjem again". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Davis, Don (December 28, 2011). "Senjem, Republicans focus on future, 'new day'". Forum Communications. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- Kaszuba, Mike (July 16, 2009). "Hann enters GOP contest for governor". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- "Hann drops out of Minn. governor's race". Associated Press. February 16, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- David Hann at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Senator David Hann
- Project Vote Smart - Senator David Hann Profile
||Senator from the 48th district
|Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate