George V. Hansen

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George V. Hansen
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 4, 1985
Preceded byOrval Hansen
Succeeded byRichard Stallings
In office
January 4, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byRalph Harding
Succeeded byOrval 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)
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 an American politician. He was a Republican. He represented the state of Idaho in the United States House of Representatives for 14 years. Hansen represented Idaho's 2nd district from 1965 to 1969 and again from 1975 to 1985.

Crimes[change | change source]

In 1974, Hansen became the first member of Congress convicted of breaking a 1971 campaign finance law. A federal judge found him guilty of not publicly telling all his loans and profits. The judge sentenced Hansen to pay a fine.[1]

In 1983, Hansen was indicted by a federal grand jury on four charges of filing false financial disclosure statements. He was accused of hiding more than $245,000 in loans and $87,000 in profits from buying and selling silver. He traded using his wife's name to hide the crimes.

In 1984 Hansen was convicted of violating the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. He did not publicly tell about $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.[2][3][4]

In 1992, Hansen was in prison again. He stole money from two Idaho banks and 100 individuals in a $30 million investment scheme. He was sentenced to four years in prison.[5]

Hansen died at a hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, aged 83.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Congress A to Z
  2. "Google Scholar". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. "Google Scholar". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  4. Schudel, Matt (August 17, 2014). "George V. Hansen, Idaho congressman sentenced to federal prison, dies at 83". Washington Post.
  5. VITELLO, PAUL (August 20, 2014). "George Hansen, Idaho Congressman and Convicted Swindler, Dies at 83". New York Times.
  6. "Former colorful Idaho representative, George V. Hansen, dies at 83". Idaho Retrieved August 15, 2014.