• Oregon State Senator, 1974-2003.

About Sen. Hannon

Lenn Hannon was born in Roseburg, Oregon, and attended Southern Oregon State College from 1963-1964. He worked for the City of Medford and as an insurance agent. 

Hannon ran for the Oregon State Senate in 1974, defeating the incumbent he ran against by just thirty-seven votes. He represented District 26, in southern Jackson County. Hannon faced a primary challenge in 1978 and switched parties from Democrat to Republican in 1980. He served on the Senate’s Joint Ways and Means Committee for two decades.

Hannon was the second-longest-serving state senator in the history of the Oregon. Over his career, he used his seniority in the legislature to help secure funds for southern Oregon projects, including the Medford Armory, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University. 

In 2004, Hannon ended his legislative career by accepting appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. He held the position until 2006.

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