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Gary Wayne Hanson

Gary Wayne Hanson, American state official. Named Distinguished Alumnus Northern State University, Sioux Falls’ City Father of the Year, Outstanding Young Citizen South Dakota, 1986.


  • Hanson, Gary Wayne was born on April 20, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. Son of Wendell Holmes and Helen Alberta (Brumbaugh) Hanson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1972.


    • Owner, broker Hanson Realty, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1973—1989. Expert witness real estate Circuit Court South Dakota, 1980—1988. Appraiser, since 1974.

      South Dakota State Senator South Dakota State Senate, 1983—1989. City commissioner utilities City of Sioux Falls, 1988, mayor, 1994—2002. Elected member South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, since 2003, chairman, since 2005.

      Represents South Dakota steering committee National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, and the Committee Energy Resources and the Environment, National Association Regulatory Utility Commissioners.


    The diversity of religious expressions is guaranteed by the separation of church and state. However, church and state should interact in different social and political fields for the benefit of the whole society.


    The Covenant is not a contract in which God and human beings agree to provide particular goods and services for each other. It is not something that people have to do to create a relationship with God. God has already made it possible.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Every Church member should be trusted with responsibilities. In building the local Methodist groups or 'societies', they should be trained to maintain the meetings and give pastoral care and challenge to the members.


    Coach boys basketball, soccer, Sioux Falls, since 1971, girls basketball, soccer, volleyball, Sioux Falls, 1982-1991. Member Native American Day steering committee drug free advisory board South Dakota School for Deaf. Board directors South Dakota Water Congress, since 1989.

    Member Governor's Environment and Mining Task Force, 1990-1991. Chair board Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, since 1990. Member Sioux Falls Board Realtors (board directors 1981-1985, president 1985-1986), South Dakota Legislation Affairs Committee Realtors, Northern State University Alumni Committee, Junior Chamber of Commerce (board directors 1975-1976), South Dakota Association Rural Water Systems (board director since 1992), Lions, Capitol (Pierre, South Dakota).



    Fishing, hunting, skydiving.


    • Married Sandra Kay Fredricks, June 20, 1970. Children: Alicia Jayne, Wayne Allan, Stacy Elizabeth.
    • father: Wendell Holmes Hanson
    • mother: Helen Alberta (Brumbaugh) Hanson
    • spouse: Sandra Kay Fredricks
    • children: Alicia Jayne Hanson
    • Wayne Allan Hanson
    • Stacy Elizabeth Hanson
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    Born April 20, 1950
    (age 67)