1061 W. Mason St.
Green Bay, WI
From candidate Website
Dave Hansen has been honored to represent the people of Northeast Wisconsin in theWisconsin State Senate since 2001. His work there is a continuation of his lifelong commitment to the community he loves so dear.
Dave has lived his entire life on the West Side of Green Bay, residing even today just a few miles from his boyhood home. As the third of Donald and Clare Hansen’s six kids, Dave grew up two blocks from Green Bay West High School in a home that was modest in size, but overflowing with love.
Throughout his youth Dave was active in sports, playing football, basketball, track, and most every other sport you could imagine. But even at that young age, Dave was constantly giving back to younger kids, serving as a supervisor of many of Green Bay’s summer and winter park programs.
Dave is a lifelong parishioner of Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish on Green Bay ’s West Side. Dave was baptized there as an infant. It was at Annunciation that Dave met his future wife, the former Jane Dessart. Dave and Jane were married there, and even gave away the hands of each of his three daughters in marriage at Annunciation.
After finishing up at Green Bay West High School , Dave attended the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a teaching certificate in secondary education. Of course, it was almost inevitable that Dave would spend much of his teaching career at the old Annunciation School which was a part of Annunciation Parish.
Throughout the years, Dave has been a terrific mentor and coach to many young people in Northeast Wisconsin . As a teacher for 9 years, he worked with hundreds of students in the classroom, earning the reputation as a caring and enthusiastic educator. Outside the classroom, Dave touched even more lives as a coach of football, basketball, track and softball. He was not only a teacher, but a mentor and friend to countless young men and women.
Dave and Jane were blessed with three daughters, but as every young working couple knows, it was a struggle trying to make ends meet. To help meet his expenses, Dave took a job as a truck driver for the City of Green Bay and for nearly twenty years he drove a refuse truck on the City’s East Side . Dave understands what it’s like to live on a modest income and still have to support a family. That’s why Dave stepped forward to serve as a Steward for the Teamsters so that he could stand up for the working men and women of the community.
As a family man, Dave and his wife Jane have three daughters – Kathy, Cari and Christy. Kathy and her husband Paul Zaidel live in Lena, two children – Tyler and the late Ellie. Kathy works for McDonalds in DePere and Paul is a district lot supervisor at Stein’s Garden & Gifts. Cari and her husband Bret Bicoy reside in Suamico with their six children – Alyssa, David, Bret Jr., Kekoa, Nalani and Malia. Cari is a stay-at-home mom and Bret is President of the Door County Community Foundation. Daughter Christy is a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools and is married to Brandon Scharer, an aspiring young podiatrist.
Dave is also a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and was one of the lucky folks to actually attend the Ice Bowl in person. While Dave didn’t have season tickets, he and his brother were clever enough to attend the game as ushers and attended many a legendary game in person.
After touching the lives of so many people as a teacher, coach, mentor and advocate for working people, many of Dave’s friends were calling for him to put his name forward for elected office. Dave did so for the first time in 1996, and was elected to the Brown County Board of Supervisors. After being re-elected several times, Dave decided to run for the State Senate against a much better funded two-term incumbent. Running a true grassroots campaign in which his family and friends were the bulk of volunteers, campaign staff, and campaign management team, Dave won a dramatic upset and assumed the role as State Senator from the 30th District.
After being re-elected to a second term in 2005, Dave has been chosen by his colleagues in the State Senate to serve as their Assistant Majority Leader. Dave has been commended for bringing a refreshingly honesty and level-headed perspective to politics in Madison.