David Hansen

Hansen Puts Benson on Notice: Defender vs. Judge

David Hansen
David Hansen

Ex-Marines Officer David Hansen Sets Sights on Heidi Benson’s Bench

Hansen is the Chief Public Defender of Knox County, a position to which he was appointed by the unanimous vote of the Circuit Judges of the Ninth Circuit.

He formerly served as a felony prosecutor in the Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office. As part of his duties as a Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney, Hansen represented Knox County in the Appellate Court for the Third Appellate District, preparing briefs and arguing before the Court.

Prior to his work in the criminal justice system of Knox County, Hansen was an Associate in a civil litigation firm, representing clients in jury trials, bench trials, arbitration hearings and mediation in State and Federal court.

Hansen is a member of the Knox County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Military Experience

david hansen in iraq

As a United States Marine, Hansen served in the Iraq War as a non-commissioned officer and squad leader in a military police platoon in 2003. His squad provided security for coalition forces in Iraq in coordination with military forces from other countries.

He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1997 to 2004. Hansen is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.


John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor
The Ohio State University, B.A. History and Political Science

Heidi Benson
Heidi Benson


I am an Associate Judge running for a Circuit Judgeship in the 9th judicial circuit. The 9th circuit includes Knox, Warren, Henderson, McDonough, Hancock and Fulton Counties.