The 30th district may be represented by a familiar name in the Wisconsin State Senate at the end of the year, even if the face is different. A political dynasty is possible as Dave Hansen has decided against reelection only to see his nephew jump into the race. Jonathan Hansen ran his uncle’s campaign in 2016 and is currently an Alderman in De Pere. Senator Hansen says he is behind Jonathan completely.
Hansen is known for being in the middle of some of the state’s most partisan moments. Senator Hansen and 13 other state senators, known as the Wisconsin 14, fled the state in protest over Act 10, which cut collective bargaining rights for state employees. Hansen says the increasing divide in Madison did not come up when discussing his nephew’s potential candidacy.