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Matt Hansen
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 2015 (2015-Jan)
Preceded byAmanda McGill
Personal details
Born (1988-02-11) February 11, 1988 (age 33)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLincoln, Nebraska
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska(B.A.)
University of Nebraska(J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney

Matthew V. "Matt" Hansen (born February 11, 1988) is a politician from the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. In 2014, he was elected to the Nebraska Legislature, representing a Lincoln district. Hansen is a member of the Democratic Party.

Personal life and professional career

Hansen was born February 11, 1988, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was raised in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southwest High School in 2006. He attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, receiving a B.A. in psychology and political science in 2010; he then attended the University of Nebraska School of Law, from which he received a J.D. in 2013.[1][2]

As of late 2013, Hansen taught sociology and math one-on-one to gifted students as a mentor for Lincoln Public Schools. He sat on the board of the University Place Community Organization and on Lincoln's Cable Advisory Board.[3]

Political career

2014 election

2014 primary

In November 2013, Hansen announced that he would run in the 2014 election for a seat in the Nebraska state legislature, representing the 26th District in northeastern Lincoln. The incumbent, Democrat Amanda McGill, was precluded by Nebraska's term-limits law from running for a third consecutive term.[3][4][5]

Hansen was one of four Democrats seeking the position. Larry Weixelman was a University of Nebraska employee who also owned a market-analysis and software company that worked to promote tourism in Nebraska. Justin Valencia, an attorney, was an adjunct professor at Bellevue University. Bob Van Valkenburg, a 78-year-old described as a "perennial candidate", had been a registered Republican but had changed his registration to Democrat in recent years; he stated that he was running because of his dislike for one of the other candidates, and because being in the Legislature was on his "bucket list".[6][7]

A single Republican was also in the race. Brent Smoyer, an attorney, worked as an aide for state legislator Scott Lautenbaugh. Smoyer had run for the Legislature from another Lincoln district in 2008, but had been eliminated after placing third in the three-way nonpartisan primary. In 2010, he had won a four-year term on the Lancaster County Board.[6][8][9]

As the primary drew near, Smoyer led the field in fundraising; three weeks before the May 13 election, he had raised $19,000 and had $13,000 cash on hand. Hansen led the Democratic candidates, with $11,300 raised and $1,150 on hand. Weixelman reported $5,500 raised and $325 on hand; Valencia and Van Valkenburg had not filed a campaign-finance report with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, indicating that they had not raised or spent the $5,000 that would require such a report.[10]

When the nonpartisan primary was held, Smoyer secured a narrow plurality, with 1968 of the 6086 votes, representing 32.3% of the total. Hansen came in second, with 1823 votes, or 30.0%. Weixelman placed third with 1105 votes (18.2%); Van Valkenburg took 597 votes (9.8%); and Valencia received 593 votes (9.7%).[11]

2014 general election

As the top two vote-getters in the primary, Smoyer and Hansen moved on to the general election. The candidates differed on a number of salient issues. Hansen supported the proposed expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska under the terms of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, declaring, "Ensuring that all Nebraskans have access to quality health care should remain a top priority of the Legislature";[12] Smoyer opposed it, expressing concern lest the federal government renege on its promise to reimburse states for the costs of the Medicaid expansion.[13] Hansen favored the abolition of capital punishment in Nebraska; Smoyer favored keeping the death penalty, though using it rarely.[14] Hansen was described as supporting a woman's right to an abortion; Smoyer, as "anti-abortion".[14] Hansen wanted to repeal Nebraska's policy of denying driver's licenses to persons who were residing illegally in the United States after being brought to the country as children, and who were granted an exemption from deportation under the Barack Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy; Smoyer believed that such licenses should continue to be denied.[14] Hansen believed that Nebraska's law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets should be kept; Smoyer favored its repeal.[14]

In the course of the entire legislative campaign, Hansen raised about $63,000 and spent about $59,000. His major contributors included the Nebraska State Education Association, with contributions totaling about $18,500, the local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters, with a contribution of $4000, and the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, contributing $3500.[14][15] Smoyer raised about $94,000 and spent about $95,000. His major contributors included the Nebraska Realtors, which gave him $8500 (also contributing $2000 to the Hansen campaign), the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which contributed about $5600, and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, which contributed about $5600.[14][16]

Hansen was endorsed by the Nebraska State Education Association and by the AFL–CIO; Smoyer, by the National Rifle Association and the Omaha Police Officers Association.[14] Smoyer also won the editorial endorsement of the Lincoln Journal Star, which had endorsed him and Valencia in the primary election.[17]

When the general election was held, Hansen defeated Smoyer, with 5376 votes to Smoyer's 4442, for a 55%–45% margin.[18]

Legislative tenure

2015 session

In the Legislature's 2015 session, Hansen was appointed to the General Affairs Committee, the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Urban Affairs Committee.[19] As the youngest member of the Legislature, he was named the chair and single member of the Enrollment and Review Committee, charged with correcting spelling and formatting errors in engrossed bills.[20]

Among the "most significant"[21] actions taken by the Legislature in its 2015 session were three bills that passed over vetoes by governor Pete Ricketts. LB268 repealed the state's death penalty; LB623 reversed the state's previous policy of denying driver's licenses to DACA beneficiaries; and LB610 increased the tax on gasoline to pay for repairs to roads and bridges.[21][22][23] Hansen voted in favor of the death-penalty repeal, and to override Ricketts's veto of the measure;[24] he voted for passage of LB623, and to override the gubernatorial veto;[25] and he abstained on the vote to pass the gas-tax increase, then voted to override the veto.[26]

2016 session

In its 2016 session, the Nebraska legislature passed three bills that Ricketts then vetoed. LB580 would have created an independent commission of citizens to draw new district maps following censuses; supporters described it as an attempt to de-politicize the redistricting process, while Ricketts maintained that the bill delegated the legislature's constitutional duty of redistricting to "an unelected and unaccountable board".[27][28] Hansen voted for the bill in its 29–15 passage.[29] Sponsor John Murante opted not to seek an override of the governor's veto.[30]

A second vetoed bill, LB935, would have changed state audit procedures. The bill passed by a margin of 37–8, with 4 present and not voting; Hansen was among those voting in favor. The bill was withdrawn without an attempt to override the veto; the state auditor agreed to work with the governor on a new version for the next year's session.[27][31]

A third bill passed over Ricketts's veto. LB947 made DACA beneficiaries eligible for commercial and professional licenses in Nebraska. The bill passed the Legislature on a vote of 33–11–5; the veto override passed 31–13–5. Hansen voted for the bill, and for the override of Ricketts's veto.[32][33]

The legislature failed to pass LB10, greatly desired by the Republican Party, which would have restored Nebraska to a winner-take-all scheme of allocating its electoral votes in U.S. presidential elections, rather than continuing its practice of awarding the electoral vote for each congressional district to the candidate who received the most votes in that district. Supporters were unable to break a filibuster; in the 32–17 cloture motion, Hansen was among those who voted against the bill.[34][35]

References

  1. ^ "Sen. Matt Hansen—Biography". Archived May 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved May 20, 2015. Archived May 20, 2015, at Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Meet Matt". Matt Hansen for Legislature. Site no longer online; archived October 31, 2014, at Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b O'Hanlon, Kevin. "Hansen announces legislative bid". Lincoln Journal Star. November 4, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Legislative District 26 – LB703 (2011)". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Stoddard, Martha. "Legislative colleagues Charlie Janssen, Amanda McGill vie for state auditor job". Omaha World-Herald. October 19, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "2014 Candidate Guidebook" Archived March 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, pp. 14–15. Nebraska Rural Electric Association. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Bergin, Nicholas. "5 vie for District 26 state legislative seat". Lincoln Journal Star. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Official Results of Nebraska Primary Election, May 13, 2008", p. 36. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  9. ^ Duggan, Joe. "Republican Brent Smoyer to run for Nebraska Legislature". Omaha World-Herald. February 13, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Duggan, Joe. "New faces vie to succeed McGill". Omaha World-Herald. April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: Primary Election, May 13, 2014", p. 35. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Pluhacek, Zach. "Matt Hansen". Lincoln Journal Star. October 3, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Brent Smoyer". Lincoln Journal Star. April 29, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Duggan, Joe. "Legislative District 26 hopefuls split on many issues". Omaha World-Herald. October 8, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Hansen for Legislature—2014". Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. Retrieved May 20, 2015. See "Financial Summary" tab for overall numbers; "Schedule A" for contributions by individuals; "Schedule B" for contributions by businesses and organizations.
  16. ^ "Smoyer for Nebraska (Legislature)". Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. Retrieved May 22, 2015. See "Financial Summary" tab for overall numbers; "Schedule A" for contributions by individuals; "Schedule B" for contributions by businesses and organizations.
  17. ^ For the Lincoln Journal Star endorsement in the primary election, see "Endorsements for Legislature", Lincoln Journal Star, May 3, 2014, retrieved May 22, 2015. For its endorsement in the general election, see "Three endorsements for Legislature", Lincoln Journal Star, October 21, 2014, retrieved May 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: General Election, November 4, 2014" Archived January 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, p. 21. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  19. ^ "2015 Legislative Committees". Nebraska Legislature. Archived from original July 21, 2015.
  20. ^ "Hansen learns the ropes". Archived May 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Unicameral Update. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2015. Archived May 23, 2015, at Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ a b Knapp, Fred. "2015 Legislature Leaves Its Mark On Nebraska". NET (Nebraska public radio and television). June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  22. ^ Walton, Don. "Senators override Ricketts' veto of Dreamers licenses". Lincoln Journal Star. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  23. ^ Pluhacek, Zach. "Gas tax hike gets Nebraska lawmakers' OK, governor's veto". Lincoln Journal Star. May 7, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  24. ^ "Legislative Journal, One Hundred Fourth Legislature, First Session". Nebraska Legislature. Vote on final reading of LB268 is at pp. 1738–39; override of veto is at pp. 1896–98.
  25. ^ "Legislative Journal, One Hundred Fourth Legislature, First Session". Nebraska Legislature. Vote on final reading of LB623 is at pp. 1791–92; override of veto is at pp. 1930–32.
  26. ^ "Legislative Journal, One Hundred Fourth Legislature, First Session". Nebraska Legislature. Vote on final reading of LB610 is at p. 1500; override of veto is at p. 1623.
  27. ^ a b Matheny, Ryan. "Nebraska legislators wrap up 2016 session". KMA. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  28. ^ Nohr, Emily. "'Unconstitutional, unelected and unaccountable': Ricketts vetoes bill to revamp how political maps are drawn". Omaha World-Herald. April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  29. ^ "Legislative Journal: Carryover Legislation". Archived April 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine p. 1622. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  30. ^ "Independent redistricting commission vetoed, no override attempt offered". Unicameral Update. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  31. ^ "Legislative Journal: Carryover Legislation". Archived April 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine pp. 1579–80. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  32. ^ Duggan, Joe. "Legislature to vote on overriding veto on bill that would allow work licenses for those brought to U.S. illegally as kids". Omaha World-Herald. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  33. ^ "Legislative Journal: Carryover Legislation". Archived April 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Passage of LB947 is on p. 1614; the veto override is on pp. 1637–38. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  34. ^ Stoddard, Martha. "Bill to return Nebraska to winner-take-all Electoral College method comes up short". Omaha World-Herald. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
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