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Richard L. Hanna
Richard L. Hanna.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 22
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 22nd congressional district. Prior to the 2012 general election, he was the incumbent in the 24th district. Due to redistricting, he ran for re-election in district 22.

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]

Committee information is not yet available.


Hanna served on the following committees:[5]

  • 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.[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hanna voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



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

Hanna ran for re-election in 2012 on the Republican and Conservative tickets.[8] He defeated Michael Kicinski Sr. in the June 26 Republican primary.[9] Hanna was re-elected in November.[10]

Hanna had the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[11]

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.[12] Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna has worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[12] Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[13]

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.[12]

Kicinski was endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[14][15] 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.[16]


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).[17]

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


Richard L. Hanna Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 13, 2012$308,550.37$120,175.72$(75,655.67)$353,070.42
July Quarterly[19]July 13, 2012$356,574.93$87,111.09$(36,568.50)$407,117.52
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2012$407,117.52$190,569.08$(83,953.36)$513,733.24
Running totals


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.[21]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hanna paid his congressional staff a total of $762,404 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hanna's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $13,725,124 to $41,950,000. Averaging to a net worth of $27,837,562 which was higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Hanna ranked 198th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

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.[25]

Recent news

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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.[26]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Hanna" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HANNA, Richard, (1951 - )"
  3. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Proudly Serving New York's 24th District "Biography"
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Proudly Serving New York's 24th District "Committees"
  6. Herkimer Telegram "Minor party lines mostly absent in 22nd Congressional race," May 31, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. WBNG "Hanna Opens His Door," January 5, 2012
  9. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  11. Little Falls Times "Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District," June 19, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Oneida Dispatch "Hanna, Kicinski vie for 22nd Congressional District GOP bid," June 20, 2012
  13. News Channel 34 "Kicinski Says "No New Debt Limit"," June 21, 2012
  14. Utica Observer-Dispatch "NYS Right To Life Committee endorses Kicinski," June 11, 2012
  15. Utica Observer-Dispatch "Kicinski endorsed by pro-life PAC," June 20, 2012
  16. Central NY YNN "Hanna faces challenging race," May 22, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Richard L. Hanna's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Richard L. Hanna's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Richard L. Hanna's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Richard L Hanna 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 24, 2011
  22. LegiStorm, "Richard L. Hanna," Accessed October 1, 2012
  23., "Richard L. Hanna (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Proudly Serving New York's 24th District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Maurice Hinchey
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Arcuri
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 24
Succeeded by
Dan Maffei