Jim Hansen (Idaho politician)

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Jim D. Hansen
Hansen in 2006
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from District 13 Seat B
In office
December 1, 1992 – December 1, 1994
Preceded byBill Taylor
Succeeded byDave Baumann
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from District 20 Seat B
In office
December 1, 1988 – December 1, 1992
Preceded byJack Kennevick
Succeeded byRobbi King
Personal details
James Duncan Hansen

(1959-11-05) November 5, 1959 (age 61)
Idaho Falls, Idaho
NationalityUnited States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joan Cartan-Hansen
ParentsOrval Hansen, June Duncan
ResidenceBoise, Idaho
EducationCollege of William and Mary,
B.A. 1982
University of Idaho
College of Law, J.D. 1985

James Duncan Hansen (born November 5, 1959) is an American attorney, Ada County Highway District Commissioner and former Democratic politician from Idaho. He was the 2006 Democratic nominee for Congress in Idaho's 2nd district, but was defeated by four-term incumbent Mike Simpson.[1]

Hansen was elected to the Ada County Highway District in 2012 and served a four-year term.[2]


Hansen attended grade school in Idaho Falls, then moved with his family in 1969 to Arlington, Virginia. His father, Orval Hansen, was elected to Congress in 1968 as a Republican from Idaho's 2nd district and served three terms.

Hansen is a 1982 graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1985.[3] While in school, Hansen worked as a ranger and naturalist in Yellowstone National Park.

Hansen began his legal career as an intern for state attorney general Jim Jones in 1984. He was a law clerk for Chief Justice Charles Donaldson of the Idaho Supreme Court from 1985 to 1986. He practiced law with Givens Pursley from 1985 to 1991, focusing primarily on water and natural resource issues.

Hansen was elected to the state legislature in 1988, representing southeast Boise, and was re-elected in 1990 and 1992. Hansen imposed his own term limits and voluntarily retired in 1994.[4]

In 1995 Hansen founded United Vision for Idaho, a coalition of organizations to empower participation in democracy and served as its first executive director. He took a sabbatical from that position during his run for the seat once held by his father but returned to the coalition after the election in 2006. Hansen resigned from United Vision for Idaho in April 2008 upon being named executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party till 2010?.[5][6]

Hansen has been married to Joan Cartan-Hansen since 1990. They have two children. Hansen has one brother and five sisters; his mother, June, is a well-known actress in the Washington, D.C. area, who was awarded the prestigious Helen Hayes Award and been nominated several times.[7]

In 2012 Hansen was elected as a commissioner of the Ada County Highway District for east and south Boise and eastern Ada County.[2]

Election results[edit]

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 2006
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2006[8] Jim D. Hansen 73,441 34.4% Mike Simpson (inc.) 132,262 62.0% Cameron Forth Independent 5,113 2.4% Travis J. Hedrick Constitiution 2,516 1.2%


  1. ^ November 7, 2006 General Election Results Statewide Totals Archived September 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 10 July 2007
  2. ^ a b Ada County Highway District Archived 2016-09-13 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 23 December 2013)
  3. ^ US Representative, 2nd Congressional District Archived 2009-09-30 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 10 July 2007
  4. ^ Idaho Blue Book Legislative Roster, p. 19 Accessed 10 July 2007
  5. ^ "Jim Hansen to become Executive Cat Herding Poobah at the Idaho Democratic Party | 43rd State Blues: Democracy for Idaho". 43rdstateblues.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ Newbold, Taylor. "Under-dogged: A Look at Idaho Dems". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and Nominations Archived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 10 July 2007
  8. ^ "2006 General Results statewide". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-05.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Lin Whitworth
Democratic Party nominee, Idaho's 2nd congressional district
2006 (lost)
Succeeded by
Debbie Holmes