Tom Hansen was born in Fullerton, CA, in 1945 and moved to Paramount in 1949. He attended Paramount public schools, and went to Compton College and then Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He opened his chiropractic office in 1969 and moved to its current Paramount location in 1972.
Hansen has long been involved in the Paramount community as a 49-year member of the local Elks Lodge, former president of the Rotary Club, and former member of the board of directors of the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. He served on the City's Parks and Recreation Commission in the early 1970s and was named to the Planning Commission in 1996. He was elected to the City Council in 2007 and has served two terms as Mayor.
Hansen is also the City's representative for the Central Basin Water Association, the Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Authority, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, and a member of the Gateway Cities/COG I-710 Project Committee and the Community, Economic, and Human Development Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments.
With wife Vivian, a longtime member of the Paramount Board of Education, Hansen has three children: Todd, Chad and Amanda.