Catherine Hanaway

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Catherine Hanaway
Catherine Hanaway Gov. Debate.jpg
Hanaway in 2016
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
In office
Preceded byJames Martin
Succeeded byMichael Reap (Acting)
69th Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byJim Kreider
Succeeded byRod Jetton
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
Preceded byRaymond W. "Bill" Hand[1]
Succeeded byScott Muschany[2]
Personal details
Born (1963-11-08) November 8, 1963 (age 55)
Schuyler, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Chris Hanaway
Alma materCreighton University
Catholic University of America
WebsiteOfficial Profile

Catherine Lucille Hanaway (born November 8, 1963) is an American attorney, former federal prosecutor and Republican candidate for Missouri Governor who served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009, and as the first and only female Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Catherine was born in Schuyler, Nebraska on November 8, 1963.[4] She spent the rest of her childhood growing up in rural Nebraska and Iowa; she received a marksman first class certificate from the NRA in 7th Grade,[5] and was president of her 4-H club in high school.[6]

Hanaway attended the University of Missouri for three years[7] before earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Creighton University, and graduated in the top 10% of her law class from the Catholic University of America.[8] 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.[8]

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.[8]

She first ran for elected office in 1998 winning a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.[9] In 2000, she managed President George W. Bush's campaign operations for Missouri.[10] After her first term in office, she was elected Republican Minority Leader in 2000.[10] 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.[11] Hanaway was elected as the first female Speaker of the Missouri House shortly afterwards.[11] The Missouri Times described her as "Missouri's Red State Architect" who "fought on the front lines in the war for Missouri's political soul," "transforming Missouri from a national bellwether into a state that has progressively become more crimson."[12]

Missouri Speaker of the House[edit]

During her tenure as Speaker, Catherine successfully passed Missouri's first concealed carry law by overriding a veto from Democratic Governor Bob Holden.[13] She also supported legislation to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits.[14] In addition to her pro-gun stances, she was also a champion of pro-life values and passed bills supported by Missouri Right-to-Life.[15] Hanaway also rejected multiple tax increase proposals from Governor Holden as Speaker. During a 2003 budget dispute in which Holden had requested a tax increase, Hanaway publicly asked him "What part of 'No' don't you understand?"[12]

With the 2002 death of 2-year-old Dominic James in Springfield, the need to reform Missouri's foster care system became broadly evident.[10] Hanaway worked to pass a foster care reform bill that was named after James.[10]

Hanaway ran for Missouri Secretary of State in 2004. She was endorsed by the National Rifle Association[16] and Missouri Right to Life.[17] In a year that Republicans carried most contested state offices, she lost to Robin Carnahan, the daughter of former Missouri governor Mel Carnahan.[18] She was defeated in her home county of St. Louis by fourteen percentage points.[19]

U.S. Attorney[edit]

Hanaway as U.S. Attorney

After the appointment of Raymond W. Gruender to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hanaway was appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri,[20] taking office on July 19, 2005.[21] As the chief federal law enforcement for half of Missouri, Hanaway prosecuted over 4,000 cases.[22] On taking office, she made a point of visiting every local prosecuting attorney in her district, the first time in over two decades that a U.S. Attorney had done so.[23]

One of Hanaway's focuses as U.S. Attorney was the prosecution of methamphetamine manufacturers and dealers, including illegal immigrants bringing in the drug from outside of Missouri.[24]

She also focused on prosecuting child exploitation cases[25] and government corruption. In a highly publicized case, she successfully sued nursing home chain Cathedral Rock Corp. for Medicaid and Medicare fraud.[25] She also prosecuted a number of public officials, including a state representative who pleaded guilty to bribing a bank official.[26]

2016 gubernatorial race[edit]

On February 11, 2014, Hanaway announced that she was running for Governor of Missouri in the 2016 election.[27] She announced her candidacy after Democrat Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced his, and vowed to "build the largest and best grass-roots campaign in Missouri history."[28] She is endorsed by former U.S. Senator Kit Bond,[29] South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley,[30] Kansas Governor Sam Brownback,[31] and Congresswoman Ann Wagner.[28]

Her campaign employed Jeff Roe as a political consultant,[32] Hanaway suspended her campaign for a month after Schweich's suicide.[33]

Hanaway has been very critical of Governor Jay Nixon's response to the unrest in Ferguson. She feels that he was insufficiently supportive of law enforcement.[34] She also criticized gubernatorial rival Chris Koster for failing to prosecute those who assaulted police officers, looted, and set fires during the unrest.[35]

She has similarly attacked the "lawlessness" at the University of Missouri, and called for the firing of Professor Melissa Click, who was caught on tape calling for "muscle" to be called in to prevent a student journalist from recording certain events at the campus protests in November 2015.[36] Click was eventually charged with assault[37] and fired.[38]

On November 3, 2015, Hanaway launched a two-week statewide "Restore Conservative Values to Missouri Tour" in an RV nicknamed "Tiger One." The focus of the tour was supporting law enforcement, fighting abortion, and expanding Second Amendment rights.[39]

Hanaway launched a second bus tour on February 25, 2016, which she called the "Safe and Strong Tour," focusing on her prosecutorial experience and rising crime rates.[34]

In a televised debate on March 17, 2016, Hanaway criticized rival Eric Greitens for accepting a $1 million campaign contribution from venture capitalist Michael Goguen, who has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a woman who had been the victim of sex trafficking for over a decade.[40][41]

Hanaway lost the Missouri Republican primary to Eric Greitens, she finished fourth with 19.95% of the popular vote.

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).[42] She is currently a partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell, and lives in St. Louis with her husband Chris, and two children Lucy and Jack.[8]

See also[edit]


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  9. ^ "Missouri House of Representatives". Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Catherine Hanaway". Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Hanaway says ten-year break from office has prepared her to lead the state as Governor (AUDIO)". Missourinet. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Catherine Hanaway: Missouri's Red State Architect". The Missouri Times. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  13. ^ St Louis Post Dispatch: "Missouri House passes bill allowing concealed weapons." March 3, 2003.
  14. ^ "Catherine Hanaway crucial to Missouri firearm rights". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  15. ^ "Missouri Right to Life". Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  16. ^ "NRA to Gun Owners: Catherine Hanaway is True Ally, Robin Carnahan is "Camouflage Candidate"". National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. 2004-10-29. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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  19. ^ "2004 Secretary of State General Election Data Graphs - Missouri". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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  24. ^ "Hanaway discusses meth in Cape Girardea". Southeast Missourian. June 29, 2006. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  25. ^ a b Mannies, Jo (2009-04-24). "Catherine Hanaway walks away from politics – at least for now". STL Beacon. Archived from the original on 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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  30. ^ "Hanaway Fundraising Off Haley SOTU Response". National Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  31. ^ "Brownback Supporting Hanaway". National Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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  33. ^ Lieb, David. "Hanaway resumes campaign after Missouri auditor's suicide". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  34. ^ a b Rosenbaum, Jason; Mannies, Jo (2016-02-25). "Politically Speaking: Hanaway on Ferguson, Mizzou and her way forward in a crowded governor's race". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  35. ^ McDermott, Kevin. "Hanaway kicks off cross-state bus tour with criticism of likely candidate Koster on Ferguson". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  36. ^ "Governor candidates promise to clean house at protest-plagued University of Missouri". The College Fix. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  37. ^ "MU professor Click charged with assault - The Missouri Times". The Missouri Times. 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  38. ^ "University of Missouri curators vote to fire Melissa Click". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  39. ^ McDermott, Kevin. "Hanaway statewide RV tour starts Tuesday in Missouri governor's race". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  40. ^ Griffin, Marshall. "Greitens hammered over $1 million donation at GOP governor's debate". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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Missouri House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raymond W. "Bill" Hand
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 87th district

Succeeded by
Scott Muschany
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Kreider
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Rod Jetton
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Martin
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Michael Reap