Salt Lake City – Speaker Greg Hughes has issued the following statement about the passing of Jim Hansen, the former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives and Utah’s longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“As a former Speaker of the House and longtime member of Utah’s congressional delegation, Jim Hansen got involved in politics to make a positive impact in his community. He was very successful in that effort. He was a tireless advocate and champion for Hill Air Force Base, multiple use of public lands, improving our transportation and water infrastructure and many other issues. Utah and its citizens have greatly benefitted from his public service. He will be missed but certainly not forgotten. I extend my condolences to the Hansen family during this time.”