|Governor of Missouri|
|Missouri Speaker of the House|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Missouri House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Creighton University (1987)|
|J.D.||Catholic University of America (1990)|
|Place of birth||November 8, 1963|
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. 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).
- B.A., Creighton University (1987)
- J.D., Catholic University of America (1990)
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.
Missouri House of Representatives (1999-2005)
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:
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. 
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.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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Catherine Hanaway Missouri Governor 2016."
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- KSDK, Republican Hanaway to run for Mo. governor in 2016, February 11, 2014
- OurCampaigns, "Hanaway, Catherine," accessed March 25, 2015
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Two years out, former Speaker Hanaway says she's running for governor," February 10, 2014
- Husch Blackwell, "Catherine L. Hanaway," accessed March 25, 2015
- Fox2Now, "New political attack ad compares Tom Schweich to Barney Fife," February 26, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Citizens for Fairness was front group for Hanaway's consultant," March 15, 2015
- The Association of Religion Data Archives, "Religioius Traditions, 2010," accessed March 25, 2015