Senator Hansell is serving in his second term in the state legislature representing District 29, which encompasses parts of seven counties located in Eastern Oregon. His district is rural and is the third largest in Oregon, the size of the State of Maryland.
Previously, Senator Hansell served as a Umatilla County Commissioner, being elected to eight consecutive terms. During his service he was President of the National Association of Counties, President of the Association of Oregon Counties, and served on various boards and committees.
In addition to his over thirty years of electoral office, Senator Hansell has been active in his community and church. He has been a coach, youth group leader, 4-H and FFA supporter, member of two chambers of commerce, high school booster club member, and Sunday School teacher. He was selected as Athena Citizen of the Year for his many areas of community service.