Richard Hanna

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Richard L. Hanna
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U.S. House, New York, District 24
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sReed College
Date of birthJanuary 25, 1951
Place of birthUtica, New York
Office website
Campaign website
Richard L. Hanna (b. January 25, 1951) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Hanna was elected by voters from New York's 24th congressional district.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hanna is a "centrist Republican".[1]


Hanna was born in Utica, New York. He earned a B.A. from Reed College in 1976.[2]


After graduating with honors in economics and political science, Hanna started Hanna Construction and worked on small residential projects. Over the next 27 years Hanna Construction grew to employ more than 450 people, and completed a myriad of multi-million dollar commercial and municipal projects in upstate New York.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hanna serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (Vice Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • Education and the Workforce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations


Political positions

The American Conservative Union has rated Hanna the lowest in their ranking of House Republicans' voting records based on adherence to Conservative values.[5]

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Richard L. Hanna voted with the Republican Party 86.5% of the time, which ranked 225th among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[6]



See also: New York's 24th congressional district elections, 2012

Hanna is running for re-election in 2012 on the Republican and Conservative tickets.[7] He defeated Michael Kicinski Sr. in the June 26 Republican primary.[8]

Hanna had the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[9]

Kicinski, who founded a local Tea Party group, said Hanna hasn't made good on his campaign promises to reduce the budget and uphold the debt limit.[10] Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna has worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[10] Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[11]

Neither candidate supported federal subsidies for wind energy, and both supported hydrofracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, although Kicinski said he only supports it if done responsibly. Both opposed the nationalized health care bill known as Obamacare, but Hanna saw some good parts of the bill, particularly those requiring coverage for pre-existing conditions.[10]

Kicinski was endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[12][13] Hanna, who was backed by the Conservative Party in his 2010 takeover of a Democratic-held seat, has been passed over by the Conservatives this year due to his moderate voting record. "I think both parties are owned by their extremes.... So, someplace the solutions are going to come out of that 70, 80 percent of people who don't fit those outer places," he said.[14]


On November 2, 2010, Hanna was elected to the United States House. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets. He defeated Michael A. Arcuri (D).[15]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 24 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard L. Hanna 51.2% 101,559
     Democratic Michael A. Arcuri 45.3% 89,809
     Blank/Scattering 3.6% 7,045
Total Votes 198,413

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Hanna's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Hanna was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,289,710 and spent $1,260,258.[16]


Hanna is a licensed pilot with high performance and sea plane certifications. Hanna and his wife, Kim, live in Barneveld, New York, and have two children.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Arcuri
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 24
Succeeded by