Catherine Hanaway

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Catherine Hanaway
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
In office
Preceded by James Martin
Succeeded by Michael Reap (Acting)
69th Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Jim Kreider
Succeeded by Rod Jetton
Personal details
Born (1963-11-08) November 8, 1963 (age 51)
Schuyler, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Chris Hanaway
Children Lucy
Alma mater Creighton University
Catholic University of America
Website Official Profile

Catherine L. Hanaway (born November 8, 1963) is an American attorney and Republican candidate for Missouri Governor who served as the first and only female Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004 and as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Catherine was born in Schuyler, Nebraska on November 8, 1963.[2] Catherine spent the rest of her childhood growing up in rural Nebraska and Iowa, and received a marksman first class certificate from the NRA in 7th Grade.[3]

Hanaway earned her bachelor's of science degree in Journalism from Creighton University, and graduated in the top 10% of her law class from the Catholic University of America.[4] After law school, she worked in the law firm of Peper, Martin Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage, the predecessor firm to Husch Blackwell Sanders for four years.[4]

Political career[edit]

Catherine began volunteering for Republican campaigns in the early 1990s, and joined Senator Kit Bond's staff in 1993 where she managed his office's operations for Northeast Missouri.[4]

She first ran for elected office in 1998 winning a seat in the Missouri house.[5] In 2000, she managed President George W. Bush's campaign operations for Missouri.[6] After her first term in office, she was elected Republican Minority Leader in 2000.[6] Throughout 2001 and 2002, Hanaway recruited candidates and raised large sums of money in a successful attempt to gain the first Republican Majority in the Missouri House in 48 years.[7] Hanaway was elected as the first female Speaker of the Missouri House shortly afterwards.[7]

Missouri Speaker of the House[edit]

During her tenure as Speaker, Catherine successfully passed Missouri’s conceal-and-carry law after overriding Democrat Governor Bob Holden’s veto.[8] Outside of her unwavering pro-gun stances, she was also a champion of pro-life values and passed bills championed by Missouri Right-to-Life.[9]

Hanaway famously rejected multiple tax increase proposals from Democrat Governor Bob Holden. She advocated legislation that improved the opportunities for Missouri small businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to employ people.

With the 2002 death of two-year-old Dominic James in Springfield, the need to reform Missouri's foster care system became broadly evident.[6] Hanaway worked to pass a Foster Care Reform Bill that was named after James.[6]

Hanaway ran for Missouri Secretary of State in 2004. In a year that Republicans carried most contested state offices, she lost to Robin Carnahan, the daughter of former Missouri governor Mel Carnahan.[10] She was defeated in her home county of St. Louis by fourteen percentage points.[10]

Private Life[edit]

After leaving office as the U.S. Attorney, she worked for The Ashcroft Group. In 2013 Missouri Lawyers Weekly reported that she had charged the highest hourly rate of any lawyer in Missouri ($793/hour in a Securities and Exchange lawsuit).[11] She is currently a partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell, and lives in St. Louis with her husband Chris, and two children Lucy & Jack.[4]

2016 Campaign for Governor[edit]

On February 11, 2014, Hanaway announced that she was running for Governor of Missouri in the 2016 election.[12]


  1. ^ Women's Council Catherine Hanaway Biography
  2. ^ Vote Smart Candidate Page
  3. ^ Race For Governor Stirring in Missouri
  4. ^ a b c d Husch Blackwell
  5. ^ Missouri House of Representatives
  6. ^ a b c d Candidate Detail
  7. ^ a b Hanaway Says Ten Year Break From Office Has Prepared Her
  8. ^ St Louis Post Dispatch: "Missouri House passes bill allowing concealed weapons." March 3, 2003.
  9. ^ Missouri Right to Life
  10. ^ a b Missouri Secretary of State
  11. ^ "House Speaker Tops Pay Chart". STL Today. June 20, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Republican Hanaway to run for Mo. governor in 2016". February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Kreider
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Rod Jetton
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Martin
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Michael Reap