OCCUPATION: Non-Profit consultant

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: State Legislator 1999 to 2007; Multnomah County Commissioner 1991 to 1999; Metro Councilor 1982 to 1991; Plumbing contractor

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Portland State University 130 hours, University of Oregon, Pacific program, Portland Plumbing Apprenticeship School

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: State Representative North Portland 4 terms, Multnomah County Commissioner, 2 terms. Metro Councilor North and Northeast Portland 2 terms. President Oregon Association of Counties,

Gary Hansen: an accomplished leader

Accomplishments: Gary Hansen has delivered for N/NE Portland. As a state legislator, he saved millions in health-care services for working families and seniors. His tenure on the Ways & Means Committee gives him proven budgeting savvy that county will need to preserve services in this recession.

Respected: Willamette Week rated Gary as the 6th most effective legislator out of the 23-member metropolitan delegation in 2005. Colleagues elected him to leadership every session. When Gary served as Multnomah County Commissioner colleagues elected him state Association of Oregon Counties president in 1998.

“Gary Hansen is a North Portland original who GETS THINGS DONE,” City Commissioner Randy Leonard.

“Gary is accomplished leader with working man's hands,” Pat Donaldson, former director of the Portland Citizens Crime Commission.

“Gary has the expertise to help the county deliver more health care coverage families & seniors,” Verna Porter, leader of Portland retiree and senior organizations.

Looking Forward:

  • Increasing money for the county's mental health services system will save taxpayers in reduced health care – and law enforcement costs.
  • Improving Swan Island and Columbia Corridor freight movement will create family-wage jobs and ease congestion.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint now , by creating a tax credit to finance a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Family & Neighborhood roots:

         Gary raised his family in North Portland, living in Overlook and Arbor Lodge. His son graduated from Jefferson High. Gary is a Plumbers local 290 member. His first wife, the late Sandi Hansen, attended Roosevelt High, and served on the Metro Council. In 2004, he married Marilyn Adams, a DHS reviewer based in St. Johns.

(This information furnished by The Hansen Committee)

The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.