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[1]

J. Kemp Hannon (born January 10, 1946) is an American politician. A Republican, Hannon was a member of the New York State Senate from the 6th district in Nassau County between 1989 and 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 on January 31, 2017. Hannon resides in Garden City, New York with his wife Bronwyn and their twin daughters, Alexandra and Madeleine.[1][2]

Hannon served in 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 1989, he was elected to the New York State Senate[3] to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John R. Dunne.[4] Hannon represented the 6th State Senate District, which includes Levittown, Massapequa, Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Farmingdale, Franklin Square, Old Bethpage, Salisbury, Garden City South, Plainview, Lakeview, Plainedge, Island Trees and East Meadow.[2][5]

A Republican, Hannon chaired the New York State Senate Health Committee for nearly two decades.[6] He has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. Hannon 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.[7][8] On January 14, 2013, Hannon voted in favor of the NY SAFE Act (a gun control bill), which the Senate passed 43-18.[9] 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.[10][11]

On November 6, 2018, after having served 29 years in the New York State Senate, Hannon was unexpectedly defeated in his re-election bid by Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas.[12]


  1. ^ a b New York Library Association: Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-New York) biography
  2. ^ a b Bio from official website
  3. ^ Lynn, Frank (October 28, 1990). "Legislative Races Linked to City Problems". The New York Times. Associated Press. pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ "Influential L.I. Senator Quits". The New York Times. August 10, 1989.
  5. ^ New York State Senate: Kemp Hannon
  6. ^ Velasquez, Josefa (November 1, 2016). "Health care community watching Hannon race closely". Politico. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "New York says 'yes' to gay marriage". p. 2.
  8. ^ Assembly Bill A8354
  9. ^ senate Bill S2230
  10. ^ Karen DeWitt (June 20, 2014). "New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill". WAMC. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  11. ^ senate Bill S7923
  12. ^ Yancey Roy (November 13, 2018). "Anatomy of an upset: LI's Thomas scores biggest state Election Day surprise". Newsday. Retrieved September 27, 2019.

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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