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James V. Hansen

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by K. Gunn McKay
Succeeded by Rob Bishop

Born August 14, 1932 (1932-08-14) (age 77)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Republican
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

James Vear "Jim" Hansen (born August 14, 1932) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Utah.

James V. Hansen

Hansen was born in Salt Lake City, graduating from the city's East High School. From 1951 until 1955 he served in the United States Navy. He attended the University of Utah, receiving a business degree from the school in 1961. The same year that he left college, Hansen was elected to the Farmington City Council. He also worked as an insurance agent.

From 1973 until 1980, Hansen was a member of the Utah House of Representatives and served as speaker of the house from 1979 until 1980. He was elected to Congress in 1980 and represented Utah's 1st congressional district from January 3, 1981.

In 1990 Hansen was one of the two main House sponsors of a resolution calling on the George H. W. Bush administration to stop pressure on Thailand to allow the sale of U.S. cigarettes.[1]

Hansen retired on January 3, 2003. When the Republicans regained control of Congress in 1994, Hansen became chairman of the Committee on Resources. Hansen ran for the governorship in 2004, but was defeated in the Republican primaries by Jon Huntsman, Jr. who went on to win the election. He was appointed a commissioner on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.


When a portion of US-89 in Weber County, Utah was upgraded to freeway standards, it was renamed "James V. Hansen Highway."[2] The federal building in Ogden, Utah was renamed the "James V. Hansen Federal Building" in his honor in 2004.[3]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
K. Gunn McKay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Rob Bishop
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Johnson
Chairman of House Ethics Committee
Succeeded by
Lamar S. Smith
Preceded by
Don Young
Chairman of House Resources Committee
Succeeded by
Richard Pombo


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