Catherine Hanaway

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Catherine Hanaway
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Candidate for
Governor of Missouri
Missouri Speaker of the House
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCreighton University (1987)
J.D.Catholic University of America (1990)
Place of birthNovember 8, 1963
Personal website
Campaign website
Catherine Hanaway (born November 8, 1963) is a Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri in the 2016 elections. She announced her plans to run for governor in February 2014.[1]

Hanaway is a former Republican Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. She became the chamber's first female speaker in 2003 and served until she left the chamber in 2005.[2][3] Hanaway ran for Missouri Secretary of State in 2004, but was defeated by Robin Carnahan (D), the daughter of former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan (D).[1]



  • B.A., Creighton University (1987)
  • J.D., Catholic University of America (1990)[4]


Hanaway previously served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. She also worked as a staffer for U.S. Sen. Kit Bond (R) for five years. Hanaway is currently a partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell, specializing in healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries.[4]

Political career

Missouri House of Representatives (1999-2005)

Hanaway represented District 87 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.[2]



Hanaway is running for election to the office of Governor of Missouri. Hanaway is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 primary.[1]

Race background

Citizens for Fairness ads against Schweich

A political action committee (PAC) called Citizens for Fairness aired radio ads criticizing former gubernatorial candidate Thomas Schweich (R) in February 2015. The committee has been connected to Republican candidate Catherine Hanaway through former campaign consultant Jeff Roe, who is currently a senior strategist for 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Schweich, who committed suicide on February 26, was criticized as a weak candidate in the ad transcript quoted below:[5]

Elections have consequences. Tom Schweich, like him? No. Is he a weak candidate for governor? Absolutely, just look at him. He could be easily confused for the deputy sheriff of Mayberry.

But, more importantly, he can be manipulated. That’s why Sen. Claire McCaskill and Pres. Obama enlisted my help to meddle in another Republican primary with Schweich as our pawn. Schweich and McCaskill are tied at the hip. Schweich even gave money to McCaskill’s campaign.

Schweich is an obviously weaker opponent against Democrat Chris Koster. Once Schweich obtains the Republican nomination, we will quickly squash him like a bug that he is and put our candidate, Chris Koster in the governor’s mansion. [6]

Fox2Now, (2015)[5]

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch drew connections between Hanaway and Citizens for Fairness through James C. Thomas III, an attorney who has worked with Roe and acted as campaign treasurer for a pro-Hanaway PAC called Citizens for a Stronger Missouri. Ads ran on radio stations in Kansas City, Columbia and other Missouri cities from February 19 to 21, coinciding with Reagan-Lincoln Days events for state Republicans. The ads aired prior to Schweich's poor showing in a straw poll against Hanaway as well as the election of John Hancock as party chairman. Schweich was concerned that Hancock had undercut his gubernatorial campaign by telling potential supporters that he was Jewish despite his Episcopalian background.[7]According to a 2010 estimate by the Association of Religion Data Archives, 18,245 Missouri residents attended Jewish services compared to 230,488 Catholics, 39,405 Southern Baptists and 38,950 Missouri Synod Lutherans who regularly attended services for their faiths.[8]

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