Sioux City, Iowa (KCAU) — State Rep. Steve Hansen of Sioux City announced his intention to run for re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Hansen, who filed the paperwork with the Iowa secretary of state, will run for the new Iowa House District 2, which was recently hit by redistribution. The new district includes parts of the north and west sides of Sioux City, Leeds, Greenville, and rural neighborhoods bordering Sioux City via Lawton.
Hansen currently represents House District 14 and previously represented much of the new district while serving in the Iowa Senate.
“When I ran for the Iowa House two years ago, my priorities were a commitment to education at all levels; improving mental health services and funding as well as health care in all areas; work for tax competitiveness with our neighboring states; and work to clean up our waterways,” Hansen said. “These priorities were aimed at recruiting and retaining people in Iowa and making Iowa a better place to live, work and retire.”
“Over the past two years, I have supported major structural changes to our tax code that will put more money in the pockets of hard-working families and make us more competitive, supported the transfer of regional services funding from mental health from local property taxes to the state general fund and have worked to secure education funding that, at a minimum, stays ahead of the cost of inflation,” Hansen said.
Hansen served in the Iowa Legislature from 1986 to 2002 and left legislative service to become director of the Sioux City Public Museum, a position he has held for 20 years. Hansen returned to the Legislative Assembly in 2021 and is currently on unpaid leave from the museum while serving at Iowa House. He hopes to return to full-time duties at the end of the legislative session in April.
“I believe we are at a tipping point with the Iowa education system as it has been underfunded for several years and has been attacked by those who would dismantle our public school system,” Hansen said. “We can be very proud of our education systems in Iowa, but we cannot be complacent. We need more investment and innovation as we compete with the world.
“We also need to address our severe labor shortages, affordable housing and water quality issues in this state,” Hansen added. “We have made significant progress over the past two years in reducing a child care shortage problem, but we can do better.”
Hansen attended Briar Cliff and graduated from Morningside College and USD Vermillion. He has lived in and around Sioux City his entire life.
“I had the honor of working with members of our community on boards, projects and the fundraising campaign for the new museum. I am constantly reminded of the great community we have and the prospect of growth that drives my interest in continued service at Iowa House,” Hansen said.