UPDATE: House members respond to Rep. Hanson's passing

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IOWA (KCRG-TV9) - Many members of the house have issued statements upon hearing of Hanson's passing.

Gov. Reynolds said, “Rep. Hanson was a champion of education. As a former teacher, he wanted to ensure everyone in Iowa had the same access to quality, affordable education.”

“Around the State Capitol, Rep. Curt Hanson had a reputation for being kind,” Lt. Gov. Gregg said. “In a political climate where kindness often tends to be the exception, not the rule, Rep. Hanson’s thoughtful nature did not go unnoticed. He will be greatly missed, not only by his fellow lawmakers, but also by his family. Please join me in keeping the Hanson family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of their husband, father and grandfather.”

“Rep. Hanson was passionate about being a voice for his constituents and was a friend to many in the Iowa House. He will be missed," Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) said.

“Iowa lost an exceptional public servant today with the passing of Rep. Curt Hanson. Curt taught thousands of students to drive safely on the roads in Jefferson County and was an active member of the Fairfield community his entire life," Dean Fiihr said.

Curt Hanson was born in Iowa and raised on a Kossuth County farm near Swea City. He was a resident of Fairfield for 52 years. Curt was married for 48 years to Diane, a retired family and consumer science teacher. They had two grown children and five grandchildren.

Curt was a driver education teacher at Fairfield High School for 43 years. As a driver education teacher, Curt received the Fairfield Jaycee Outstanding Young Education Award, was named the Fairfield Teacher of the Year, and was named runner-up for the National Driver Education Teacher of the Year. He is also an amateur radio operator and had been a private pilot.

Curt was a former president of the Iowa Association of Safety Education, and was their business manager for many years. He was also a former president of the Fairfield Education Association and a member of the National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Fairfield Kiwanis, and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Hanson has served in the Iowa House since 2009.

Iowa Democratic Representative for House District 82 (Van Buren, Jefferson, and Davis counties) Curt Hanson has passed away.

Dave Loebsack tweeted that he had died Friday morning.

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