George V. Hansen
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George V. Hansen
George V. Hansen
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district

January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1985
Orval Hansen
Richard Stallings

January 3, 1965 - January 3, 1969
Ralph Harding
Orval Hansen
Personal details
George Vernon Hansen

(1930-09-14)September 14, 1930
Tetonia, Idaho
DiedAugust 14, 2014(2014-08-14) (aged 83)
Pocatello, Idaho
NationalityUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Connie Hansen (+2013)[1]
Alma materRicks College, 1956
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceU.S. Air Force
U.S. Naval Reserve
Years of service1951–1954, USAF
1964–1970, USNR

George Vernon Hansen (September 14, 1930 - August 14, 2014) was a Republican politician from the state of Idaho. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, representing Idaho's 2nd district from 1965 to 1969 and again from 1975 to 1985.


Born in Tetonia, Idaho, Hansen graduated from Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho) in 1956 and did graduate work at Idaho State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954 and the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1964 to 1970. Hansen moved to Alameda, Idaho, and was established as a life insurance salesman by 1958.


Hansen was elected mayor of Alameda in 1961 and supported its merger with Pocatello the following year. Following the merger, Hansen served as a Pocatello city commissioner until 1965.

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the primary for the U.S. Senate in 1962, but won a seat in the House two years later in the 2nd district, ousting Democratic incumbent Ralph Harding. He was one of the few Republican challengers to unseat a Democrat in the wake of Lyndon Johnson's 44-state landslide that year.

He again ran for the U.S. Senate in 1968, but lost to two-term incumbent Frank Church, who would serve four terms. Hansen ran a third unsuccessful Senate campaign in 1972, losing the primary to 1st district congressman Jim McClure.

In 1974, Hansen upset three-term incumbent Orval Hansen in the August primary and won the general election to return to the U.S. House. In Washington, Hansen was known as one of the most conservative members of Congress, and a particularly vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service.

Congressman Hansen went to Tehran in 1979 in the middle of the Iran hostage crisis to try to negotiate with the hostage takers through the fence of the U.S. Embassy. No hostages were released. In 1980 Hansen published a book titled To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power.

Hansen ran again for the House in 1984, but was defeated for re-election by less than 200 votes that year by Democrat Richard Stallings.[2] Hansen tried unsuccessfully to challenge the election result.

Campaign Finance law violations

In 1974, Hansen became the first member of Congress to be convicted of violating a 1971 campaign finance law requiring disclosure of all financial contributions to his campaign. A federal judge found him guilty of not disclosing all his loans and profits, and sentenced him to pay a fine.[3]

Filing False Disclosure statements

In 1983, Hansen was indicted by a federal grand jury on four charges of filing false financial disclosure statements. He was accused of concealing more than $245,000 in loans and $87,000 in profits from silver speculation, much of it in his wife's name.

Violation of Ethics Act

In 1984 Hansen was convicted of violating the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. He had failed to disclose $334,000 in personal loans to his campaign. He was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $40,000. Appealing all the way to the US Supreme Court, his conviction was vacated and the fine returned to him.[4][5][6]

Bank Fraud

In 1992, Hansen was in prison again on charges of defrauding two Idaho banks and 100 individuals in a $30 million investment scheme. He was sentenced to four years in prison.[7]


In 2014, he died at a hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, aged 83.[8]

Election results

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1964-1966, 1974-1984
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1964 Ralph Harding (inc.) 84,022 47.8% George Hansen 91,838 52.2%
1966 A.W. "Bill" Brunt 33,348 29.7% George Hansen (inc.) 79,024 70.3%
1974 Max Hanson 53,599 44.3% George Hansen 67,274 55.7%
1976 Stan Kress 82,237 49.4% George Hansen (inc.) 84,175 50.6%
1978 Stan Kress 60,040 42.7% George Hansen (inc.) 80,591 57.3%
1980 Diane Bilyeu 81,364 41.2% George Hansen (inc.) 116,196 58.8%
1982 Richard Stallings 76,608 47.7% George Hansen (inc.) 83,873 52.3%
1984 Richard Stallings 101,266 50.03% George Hansen (inc.) 101,133 49.97%
U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class III): Results 1968
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1968 Frank Church (inc.) 173,482 60.3% George Hansen 114,394 39.7%



  • To harass our people: The IRS and government abuse of power, Positive Publications, (1981).
  • How the IRS seizes your dollars and how to fight back, Simon and Schuster, (1981), ISBN 0-671-42795-4.

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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