Representative Orval Howard HANSEN

YEARS 1926-
OFFICE Representative
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 91st (1969-1971), 92nd (1971-1973), 93rd (1973-1975)

Representative Orval Howard HANSEN Biography

HANSEN, Orval Howard, a Representative from Idaho; born in Firth, Bingham County, Idaho, August 3, 1926; attended Idaho Falls public schools; United States Navy, 1944-1946, and served in Air Force Reserve until retirement as a lieutenant colonel; B.A., University of Idaho, 1950; J.D., George Washington University, 1954; Rotary Foundation Fellow, London School of Economics, University of London, 1954-1955; LL.M., in 1973 and Ph.D., George Washington University, 1986; private law practice, 1956-1968; elected to the Idaho house of representatives, 1956, reelected 1958 and 1960; house majority leader, 1961-1962; unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Eighty-eighth Congress in 1962; elected to Idaho house of representatives, 1964, and to Idaho State senate, 1966; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-first and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; founder and president, Columbia Institute for Political Research, 1977 to present; is a resident of Arlington, Va. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: 1968-1974, 112 feet. Congressional office papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository. Oral History: 1 cassette, ca. 120 minutes. Hansen discusses creation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library Durham, NC Papers: In the Nancy Hanks papers, 1894-1987, 77.3 linear feet. Contains a recording and transcript of an intreview with Hansen. Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, DC Papers: In the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights records, 1943-1991, 101.6 linear feet. Hansen included among correspondents. University of Michigan Special Collections Library Ann Arbor, MI Papers: In the Margaret Warden papers, 1944-1987, 1.9 feet. Hansen included among other authors. University of Oklahoma The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication Norman, OK Tape Reel: 1972, 1 sound tape reel. Contains five commercials from Hansen’s election campaign.


Hansen, Orval Howard. “The Role of Mail in Decision-Making in the House of Representatives.” Ph.D. Diss., George Washington University, 1986. Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Orval Hansen, Republican Representative from Idaho. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Orval Howard HANSEN Committee Assignments

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