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Iowa Democratic party says Rep. Curt Hanson has died

Curt Hanson

State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield has passed away.

The Iowa Democratic Party made the announcement via Twitter Friday morning.

Hanson was serving his third term in the Iowa General Assembly.

The 73-year-old Hanson was first elected in 2009.

That was a bitterly contested special election to replace John Whitaker who had resigned to take a position with the USDA.

He defeated former Jefferson County Supervisor Stephen Burgmeier by fewer than 200 votes.

Hanson was a long-time driver's education teacher in Fairfield.

Representative Mary Gaskill stopped by the KTVO offices in Ottumwa Friday morning to talk about Hanson's legacy.

When asked about his legislative legacy, Gaskill gave an answer befitting a former driving instructor.

Gaskill said he would want his legacy to be his efforts to make Iowa's roadways safer, including bans on texting and driving.

She said he will be missed on both sides of the aisle.

"Curt worked very hard, he worked bi-partisan every chance he got and he was a gentleman," Gaskill said.

Hanson is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane, two grown children and five grandchildren.

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