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Hansen’s research focuses on policy making in the fifty state legislatures and Congress, particularly on how legislators’ personal characteristics and their perceptions of voter opinion inform their choices in office.
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Provides evidence that members of Congress vote on gay rights legislation according to public opinion in their districts, but introduce such legislation only when they identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual or represent a large number of LGB constituents.
Argues that paying higher salaries to elected officials encourages more white-collar professionals, rather than more blue-collar workers, to run for office.