Rick Hansen (politician)

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Rick Hansen
Rick Hansen 2012.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 52A district
39A (2005–2013)
Assumed office
January 4, 2005
Preceded by Tom Pugh
Personal details
Born (1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 55)
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Suzanne
Children 1
Residence South St. Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater Upper Iowa University
Iowa State University
Profession businessman, legislator

Rick Hansen (born March 1, 1963) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represents District 52A, which includes all or portions of the cities of West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Lilydale, and Eagan in Dakota County, which is in the southeastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Rick Hansen and Tom Vilsack stand together the launching of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program

Hansen was raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. He graduated magna cum laude from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, with a B.S. degree in Biology, and later earned a M.S. degree in Soil Management from Iowa State University in Ames. He worked for Harmony Cedar, Inc., a company that makes handcrafted Amish furniture, and also worked for Minnesota's Department of Agriculture from 1998 to 2005. He served on Dakota County's Soil and Water Commission from 1996 to 2005.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Hanson was first elected to the House in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. In 2008, he was appointed to the Minnesota Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council by House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.

Personal life[edit]

Hansen is married and has one child.[2]


External links[edit]

Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Pugh
Member of the House of Representatives
from the 52A district
39A (2005–2013)