Richard L. Hanna

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Richard L. Hanna
Richard Hanna, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Maurice Hinchey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Michael Arcuri
Succeeded by Dan Maffei
Personal details
Born (1951-01-25) January 25, 1951 (age 63)
Utica, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kim Hanna
Children Emerson Hanna and Grace Hanna
Residence Barneveld, New York
Alma mater Reed College
Profession Businessman
Website Official website

Richard L. Hanna (born January 25, 1951)[1] is an American politician who has served as a U.S. Representative from New York since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district was numbered the 24th during his first two years in Congress; since 2013, it has been the 22nd district.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Hanna was born in Utica and raised in Marcy. His grandparents owned a dairy farm in Herkimer County. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in Marcy. Then, he graduated from Reed College with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. After college, Hanna returned to New York to start his own construction business called Hanna Construction.[2] Hanna is of Lebanese descent.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2008, Hanna ran against incumbent Democrat Mike Arcuri and narrowly lost. In 2010, he ran in a rematch and won.

Due to redistricting, Hanna ran in the new 22nd district in 2012.

In his 2012 campaign for re-election against Democrat Dan Lamb, television stations WUTR in Utica and WSYR in Syracuse announced they would jointly air a debate between Hanna and Lamb. Hanna declined to participate, citing another scheduled televised debate and five that would not be televised. The stations said that if Hanna did not appear, they would air a 30-minute question-and-answer session with Lamb. According to Steve Merren, the vice president and general manager of WUTR's parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Hanna then contacted Merren. In an email to staff, Merren stated, "He indicated to me that we would not be considered for his ad dollars and our level of cooperation in the future could be affected." Merren then directed that WUTR not go ahead with the broadcast. Both Merren and a Hanna spokeswoman denied that threats had been made. After the inadvertent disclosure of the internal email, Merren told the press that Hanna “did not say he would pull his ad dollars." The Hanna campaign said that his conversation with Merren had been "nothing more than a courtesy call". The Lamb campaign said that Hanna was "using his money to influence the journalistic decisions of a local news agency."[4][5]

Tenure[edit]

Hanna is a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership. He is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.[6] U.S. Congressman Hanna has stated his opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He is one of only six House Republicans in the 112th Congress who have not signed Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," with a spokesman explaining that "Rep. Hanna is focusing on the pledges he has made to his wife, the Constitution of the United States and the people of upstate New York."[7][8]

According to the Washington Post’s congressional votes database, Hanna has voted with the House Republicans 85% of the time in his first year in office. Only 11 Republicans (out of 244) have a lower percentage.[9]

The first bill Hanna co-sponsored was H.R. 4 which repealed the 1099 tax reporting provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. President Obama signed the bill into law in April 2011.[10] In early 2011 Congressman Hanna voted to repeal health care reform.[11] Hanna voted to support the Energy Tax Prevention Act which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases and implementing a "cap-and-trade" system through regulation.[12] Hanna voted against cuts to NPR and Planned Parenthood.[13] Hanna voted in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.[14]

In the 2012 presidential election, he endorsed former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.[15]

Hanna supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[16]

In 2013, he has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming only the second current Republican member of congress to do so (the other being Ileana Ros-Lehtinen).[17] Rep. Hanna was also a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by covered entities (employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees, but exempts religious organizations) nationwide. New York already has already passed similar legislation into law within the State of New York, but the practice remains legal in 29 U.S. states. But Rep Hanna is one of several Republican co-sponsors of the bill who refused to sign a Discharge Petition on the bill — a parliamentary maneuver that allows a majority of members of Congress to bring any bill to the floor, even if the leadership opposes doing so.

In June 2013, Hanna voted against proposed legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except for victims of rape or incest who have reported the crime to authorities. He opposes partial birth abortions, but stated that he was unable to support this legislation because it would cast aside exception for the health of the mother, and it fails to adequately account for unique circumstances that can arise after 20 weeks because every pregnancy is specific.[18]

Committee assignments[edit]

United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Personal life[edit]

Hanna lives in Barneveld, New York. He and his wife Kim have two children[19] He is a member of the National Rifle Association.[20]

Affiliations
  • Member, Cato Institute
  • Former Board Chair, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Incorporated
  • Member, Foundation for Economic Education
  • Member, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Member, Operating Engineers Local 545
  • Board Member, Resource Center for Independent Living Foundation
  • Board Member, Utica Public Library
  • Former Board Member, Utica Zoological Society
  • Former Board Member, Otsego County Industrial Development Agency

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christina Paris 112th Congress: Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. (24th District) CQ Politics November 3, 2010
  2. ^ Clinton stumps for NY House Dems in tight races Associated Press November 1, 2010
  3. ^ "Honoring Lebanon on it's 70th Independence Day" Hon. Richard L. Hanna of New York in the House of Representatives Friday, November 15, 2013 Congress.gov
  4. ^ "GOP Congressman Threatens Local News Station for Covering Debate". Common Dreams. October 6, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Email: Hanna discussed pulling ads after debate flap with WUTR". Observer Dispatch. October 6, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Harding (August 3, 2011). "Hanna joins House LGBT Equality Caucus". Auburn Citizen. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers, 112th Congressional List". Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Alexander Bolton (June 2, 2011). "Some GOP no's on 'pledge' could complicate debt talks". The Hill. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ Eye on NY: A close look at Hanna’s first year
  10. ^ http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=112_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ009.112
  11. ^ Richard Hanna – Health Care
  12. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll249.xml
  13. ^ Deep federal spending cuts? Buerkle is ready, Hanna is not, Owens unimpressed | syracuse.com
  14. ^ Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
  15. ^ "Huntsman to gain first congressional backer". CNN. January 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ Jennifer Bendery (December 11, 2012). "Violence Against Women Act: John Boehner, Eric Cantor Pressured By Republicans To Act". Huffington Post. 
  17. ^ Gay marriage legal brief: Two Republicans in Congress support LGBT rights
  18. ^ Tumulty, Brian (June 18, 2013). "Hanna sole New York Republican to oppose House abortion bill". Politics on the Hudson. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ Personal life biodata
  20. ^ Richard Hanna campaign website

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michael Arcuri
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Dan Maffei
Preceded by
Maurice Hinchey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Colleen Hanabusa
D-Hawaii
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Succeeded by
Andrew Harris
R-Maryland