Kemp Hannon

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Kemp Hannon
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Member of the New York Senate
from the 6th district
In office
December 27, 1989 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byJohn R. Dunne
Succeeded byKevin Thomas
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 17th district
In office
January 1, 1977 – December 26, 1989
Preceded byJoseph M. Margiotta
Succeeded byMichael Balboni
Personal details
Born (1946-01-10) January 10, 1946 (age 73)
Garden City, New York
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceGarden City, New York

J. Kemp Hannon (born January 10, 1946, in Garden City, New York[1]) is an American politician. He was a member of the New York State Senate, (R, C, I) from Nassau County until when he lost reelection in an anti-Trump, anti-Republican Party wave election in 2018.


Hannon graduated from Chaminade High School (1963), Boston College (1967) and Fordham University School of Law (1970). He was Special Counsel to the law firm Farrell Fritz, P.C., ending the association Jan 31st, 2017. Hannon resides in Garden City, New York with his wife Bronwyn and their twin daughters, Alexandra and Madeleine.[1][2]

He was previously a member of the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 1989, sitting in the 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th and 188th New York State Legislatures. In November 1989, he was elected to the New York State Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John R. Dunne.[citation needed]

Hannon has represented the 6th State Senate District since 1989 which covers Levittown, Massapequa, Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Farmingdale, Franklin Square, Old Bethpage, Salisbury, Garden City South, Plainview, Lakeview, Plainedge, Island Trees and East Meadow.[2][3]

Hannon has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. He has served as chairman of the prestigious Senate committees on Health and Housing, and he is regarded as the spearheading force behind both the reauthorization of the Health Care Reform Act and the development of New York's Assisted Living Program. Additionally, he helped the state enact several popular health programs including Child Health Plus, Healthy New York, Family Health Plus, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program, early intervention efforts, and insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings.[citation needed]

In 2011, Hannon voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. [4]

On January 14, 2013, Hannon voted in favor of the NY SAFE Act (a gun control bill), which the Senate passed 43-18.[5]

On June 10, 2014, the State Senate passed medical marijuana legislation that was later signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Hannon, along with nine other Senate Republicans, voted against the bill.[6]

On November 6, 2018, after serving 29 years in the New York State Senate, Hannon was unexpectedly defeated in his re-election bid by Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas.[7]

Senator Hannon visits students during the American Dental Association's "Give Kids A Smile" Day
Senator Hannon cheers on Central Nassau Softball


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph M. Margiotta
New York State Assembly
17th District

Succeeded by
Michael Balboni
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John R. Dunne
New York State Senate
6th District

Succeeded by
Kevin Thomas