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Katherine Hanley

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Katherine Keith Hanley (born March 5, 1943 in Columbia, Missouri) was the Democratic Secretary of State of Virginia from 2007 to 2010. Governor Tim Kaine appointed her Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2006 after the Virginia General Assembly rejected his first nominee, state AFL-CIO President Daniel G. LeBlanc.[1]


  • Graduated from David H. Hickman High School (Columbia, Missouri) in 1961
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Missouri (1965) in French civilization (Phi Betta Kappa)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Missouri (1965) in secondary education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Harvard University (1966) in social science

Professional experience

  • Teacher and Guidance Counselor, Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Owner, operator, Manor Home Center, Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, 1976-79
  • Counselor, University of Missouri

Political career

Prior to her appointment in February 2006 as Secretary of the Commonwealth, Katherine Hanley served as Providence District Supervisor for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1986 – 1995. She was first elected chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in a special election held in February 1995. She received a full four-year term in November 1995 and was re-elected to the position in 1999. Though she contemplated a run in 2001 for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Mrs. Hanley eventually deferred to then-Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine who went on to defeat Republican Jay Katzen for the position. Rather then seek re-election, Katherine Hanley mounted a primary challenge campaign against Jim Moran for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District seat in 2003.[2] She ultimately abandoned her campaign, due to family reasons, in December of that year. In July 2004, Governor Mark Warner appointed her a Northern Virginia District Member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. When Tim Kaine became governor, some had expected her to be selected as the state’s transportation secretary; she was passed over in favor of incumbent Secretary Pierce Homer.


Katherine Hanley was born on March 5, 1943 to Everett E. and Anna Catherine (Blanchard) Keith. She has been married to Edward John Hanley since August 6, 1966. They have two adult children together, including their daughter, Cecelia Anne, and their son, Patrick Keith, who was wounded while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. She and her husband currently reside in Reston, Virginia.


  • Greater Merrifield Business Association Public Servant of the Year Award (1992)
  • Mental Health Association of Northern Virginia Award (1995)
  • Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award (1999)
  • Washingtonian of the Year (2000)
  • Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington Distinguished Service Award (2002)
  • Washington Council of Agencies, Excellence in Public Policy Award (2002)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anita Rimler
Virginia Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Janet Polarek