Orval H. Hansen
|Orval H. Hansen|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1975
|Preceded by||George Hansen|
|Succeeded by||George Hansen|
|Born||Orval Howard Hansen
August 3, 1926
|Alma mater||University of Idaho, 1950
George Washington University, J.D., 1954
George Washington University, Ph.D., 1986
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
U.S. Air Force Reserve
|Years of service||1944–46 (USN)
ret. 1978 (USAF)
|Battles/wars||World War II, Cold War|
Born in Firth, Idaho, Hansen was raised in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1944. After military service in World War II, he attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi fraternity, and extremely active with campus activities. Hansen earned a B.A. summa cum laude in 1950 from UI and then attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and received a J.D. from its Law School in 1954. He also earned an LLM (awarded in 1973) and a Ph.D. in political science (awarded in 1986) from GWU.
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.
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, 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). (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.
|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%|
Following his service in Congress, Hansen returned to private law practice, and founded the Columbia Institute for Political Research in 1977.
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.
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "Phi Beta Kappa". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 283.
- "Sigma Chi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 201.
- "Campus personalities". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 274.
- "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in second district runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1.
- "Orval Hansen apparently out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. August 7, 1974. p. 1.
- Glaus, Ric (October 5, 1975). "Orval Hansen says Steve Symms cost him the campaign". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 5A.
- "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
|United States House of Representatives|
George V. Hansen
|Idaho Second Congressional District
January 3, 1969–January 3, 1975
George V. Hansen