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Hansen running for State Senate

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2012 – 9:35 am

Bills Wall of Famer Phil Hansen spent a long time considering a run for public office. Now he’s officially thrown his hat in the ring.

Late last week Hansen filed papers to run for a vacant State Senate seat in Minnesota. According to the Detroit-Lakes Tribune report, Hansen is concerned about the condition of Minnesota and wants to do more than just vote.

Among Hansen’s aims if elected are more fiscal responsibility and a “family friendly” tax policy that allows them to keep more of what they earn. He’ll be up for election in November.

The former Bills defensive end isn’t the first to run for public office. Fellow Wall of Famer Jack Kemp made a career in politics after his playing career, most notably as a Vice Presidential candidate on the Republican ticket with Bob Dole in 1996 and a nine-term Congressman in New York State. Former TE Jay Riemersma recently ran for Congress a couple of years ago, but was narrowly beaten in a Republican primary.

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