A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
Steve Hansen is a community advocate, former Sacramento City Councilmember and father, who has dedicated his life to service. Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, Steve’s family struggled. After his parents divorced, Steve and his mom moved around a lot, even spending a period of time in a domestic violence shelter. After high school, Steve joined the Army National Guard, with hopes to serve his country in the military. But when he realized he was gay, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' changed Steve’s dreams.
After college, Steve moved to Sacramento to start a new life. He was first elected to the Sacramento City Council in 2012, representing the residents in the River Oaks, Central City, Land Park, South Land Park, and Little Pocket neighborhoods — and making history as the city's first openly gay Councilmember.
During his time on the Council, Steve was a leading voice for smart growth, multi-modal transportation, safer communities, climate action, economic development, and innovation in government service. He helped Sacramento recover from the Great Recession, create good-paying union jobs, invest in new arts and educational facilities, make our streets and communities safer, combat homelessness, and build more affordable housing.
Steve and his partner, Michael, have two young sons and two dogs.
Now, Steve is running for mayor to fight for the real, transformational change our city deserves.