Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, said Thursday he will seek re-election to a 10th term in Congress.
Hansen, 65, has already served longer than any other House member from Utah in the state's 102-year history. He broke the old record when he was elected to an eighth term."There is a lot more that needs to be done, and I hope to be able to rejoin my Republican colleagues in the Congress next year to continue on the road to a more responsible federal government and to serve as a needed check on the excesses of the Clinton administration," he said in a news release.
Hansen is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands. He is also a senior member of the House National Security Com-mit-tee.
Hansen is also chairman of the informal Depot Caucus, which has worked to force the shutdown of two ordered-to-close depot bases in Texas and California - which would help ensure that Hill Air Force Base could survive future base closings.
"We have taken on some large battles with the Clinton administration recently over Hill Air Force Base and feel good about where we are. However, I feel a strong sense of duty and obligation in remaining in Congress with my committee positions, in order to help secure the fruits of our hard-fought victories," he said.
Hansen said former Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, will serve as his campaign chairman. His campaign manager will be Peter Jenks, his former state director.
Hansen also said, "I hope that the voters will see the benefits that a Republican Congress has brought - an honest balanced budget for the first time in decades, lower taxes, true welfare reform and tougher crime legislation."