Hansen, 58, has been Utah's 1st District congressman for 10 years. He said he wants to serve two more years in Washington and then possibly run for governor or senator.
A Farmington native, Hansen entered politics in the 1960s on the city level and later won a seat in the Legislature, where he became speaker of the House. In 1980, he defeated Democrat incumbent Gunn McKay in the congressional race. Calling himself a strong conservative, Hansen - who serves on the Ethics, Armed Services and Interior committees - usually can be found voting against tax increases and for bills that strengthen defense.
Though conservation groups disagree, Hansen said he is concerned about the environment and points to a bill he helped draft that gave Utah 780,000 acres of Forest Service wilderness land.
Hansen and his wife, Ann, have five children and two grandchildren.