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Orval H. Hansen

Orval H. Hansen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by George Hansen
Succeeded by George Hansen
Personal details
Born Orval Howard Hansen
(1926-08-03) August 3, 1926
Firth, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) June Duncan
Children 7
Residence Idaho Falls
Alma mater University of Idaho, 1950
George Washington University, J.D., 1954
George Washington University, Ph.D., 1986
Profession Attorney, Military
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy,
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Years of service 1944–46 (USN)
ret. 1978 (USAF)
Rank Lt. Colonel
Battles/wars World War II, Cold War

Orval Howard Hansen (born August 3, 1926) is a former congressman from Idaho. He served three terms as a Republican in the House from 1969 to 1975, representing the state's 2nd district.


  • Early years 1
  • Political career 2
  • Personal 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Born in 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.

Political career

Hansen's political career began in the 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.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1962, 1968–1972
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
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.

  1. ^ "Phi Beta Kappa". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 283. 
  2. ^ "Sigma Chi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 201. 
  3. ^ "Campus personalities". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1950. p. 274. 
  4. ^ "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in second district runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Orval Hansen apparently out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. August 7, 1974. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Glaus, Ric (October 5, 1975). "Orval Hansen says Steve Symms cost him the campaign". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 5A. 
  7. ^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George V. Hansen
Idaho Second Congressional District
January 3, 1969–January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
George V. Hansen
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