Retiring state Sen. Dave Hansen is a legend in Wisconsin politics who has earned his status by being a staunch, and sometimes fiery, advocate for the interests of workers, families and small businesses in the 30th Senate District. Sen. Hansen’s replacement is going to have big shoes to fill. The good news for those of us in the 30th District is that City of De Pere Ald. Jonathon Hansen, the senator’s nephew, is ready to step into the role and carry on Sen. Hansen’s legacy of fighting for his constituents in Madison.
Sen. Hansen understands the problems facing workers and their families in northeastern Wisconsin because he has deep working-class roots in Green Bay. He and his wife, Jane, raised their family here. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sen. Hansen taught and coached at Annunciation Catholic School in Green Bay, drove a truck for the City of Green Bay, and was a Teamsters union steward. He served on the Brown County Board from 1996 until 2002 and has served the citizens of the 30th District since 2000. During various terms, Sen. Hansen served as the assistant majority leader or the majority leader of the state Senate. He once made the national news by leaving the state with a group of his colleagues which frustrated the efforts of former Gov. Scott Walker to pass anti-worker legislation.