Born in Firth, Idaho, Hansen was raised in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1944. After military service in World World War II, he attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi fraternity, and extremely active with campus activities. Hansen earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1950 from UI and then attended George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia He also earned an Master of Laws (awarded in 1973) and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science (awarded in 1986) from GWU.
He served three terms as a Republican in the House from 1969 to 1975, representing the state"s 2nd district. and received a Juris Doctor from its Law School in 1954. "s political career began in the state legislature, where he served four terms in the House, beginning in 1956. He served as House Majority Leader from 1961 to 1962.
He returned to the Idaho House for another two-year term, followed by one term in the state senate. ran again for Congress and was elected in 1968, serving three terms before being ousted in the 1974 Republican primary in August by the man he succeeded six years earlier, George (no relation).
(George had vacated the seat in 1968 to run for the United States Senate, but lost to incumbent Frank Church) United States. Senator Mike Crapo got his first taste of Washington politics as an intern for Orval during the summer of 1972. Source: Following his service in Congress, returned to private law practice, and founded the Columbia Institute for Political Research in 1977. is married to the former June Duncan of Southport, England.
They have seven children.
Trustee John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 1976-1986. President Columbia Institute for Political Research With United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Lieutenant colonel United States Air Force Reserve, retired.
Member District of Columbia Bar Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi, Phi Alpha Delta.
Married June Duncan, December 31, 1955. Children: Margaret, Elizabeth, James, Katherine, John, Mary, Sarah.