Words of condolences and admiration from around the state continue to pour in following the death of Iowa State representative Curt Hanson.
The 73 year old former school teacher and District 82 Representative died Friday after battling cancer.
Governor Kim Reynolds, in a statement, called Hanson a champion of education and said his presence in the Iowa House would be greatly missed. Lt Governor Adam Gregg said Hanson had a reputation around the state capitol for being kind, adding “…in a political climate where kindness often tends to be the exception, not the rule, Representative Hanson’s thoughtful nature didn’t go unnoticed.
U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack called Hanson, “an honorable man.”
Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said in a statement, “Representative Hanson was passionate about being a voice for his constituents and was a friend to many in the Iowa House.”
Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy offered condolences to the family, and stated Hanson was a beloved figure in Fairfield and represented the 82nd Congressional District with dignity.
Many former students have commented on Hanson, taking time out his busy schedule to phone them on their birthdays.
Hanson, a driver’s education teacher in Fairfield for 43 years, was a former president of the Iowa Association of Safety Education. He was also a former president of the Fairfield Education Association and a member of the National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Fairfield Kiwanis, and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce…but more than that, he was our friend.
Governor Reynolds is expected to announce a special election to fill the open seat in the Iowa House left by Hanson’s death.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; two children and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church tomorrow at 11am.