With the school where he spent 43 years teaching responsibility and respect to students, State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield took the oath of office on Monday to serve the people of District 90 in the Iowa House of Representatives.

“It’s a great honor to serve as State Representative in District 90. I look forward to meeting more people in Jefferson, Wapello, and Van Buren Counties to listen to their ideas and be ready for the 2010 legislative session. I know we share many of the same priorities — good-paying jobs through key industries like renewable energy, affordable health care for Iowans and a balanced state budget,” said Hanson.

Hanson was sworn-in by State Senator Becky Schmitz of Fairfield. He was elected on Sept. 1st to replace John Whitaker, who resigned the post to take an appointment with the United States Department of Agriculture.

“I’m excited to begin my work in the Legislature. I’m grateful to the people of House District 90 for their support and I look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans at the Statehouse to make our state a better place to live,” added Hanson.

Born and raised on an Iowa family farm, Hanson has been living and teaching in Fairfield for over 43 years. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and received his masters from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Diane, have two grown children. They are members of First United Methodist Church and Curt is also a member of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club.

Hanson is a retired teacher and driver education instructor in Fairfield. He has been selected by his community as Fairfield Teacher of the Year and has been selected by his peers to serve those in the teaching profession at both the local and state levels. He was also runner-up National Driver Education Teacher of the Year and has served as President and Business Manager of the Iowa Association of Safety Education.

To contact Curt, log on to www.curthanson.org or send him an email at curt.hanson@legis.state.ia.us.