Richard Hanna

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Richard L. Hanna
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U.S. House, New York, District 22
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorMaurice Hinchey (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,453,885
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sReed College
Date of birthJanuary 25, 1951
Place of birthUtica, New York
Net worth$26,579,067
Office website
Campaign website
Richard L. Hanna (b. January 25, 1951) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 22nd congressional district. Hanna was first elected to the House in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012 Hanna had previously served the New York's 24th congressional district.

Hanna is set to run for re-election in New York's 22nd congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Hanna graduated Reed College with honors in economics and political science as well as starting his own company prior to his congressional career, Hanna Construction.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hanna is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Hanna was born in Utica, New York. He earned a B.A. from Reed College in 1976.[1]


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.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hanna serves on the following committees:[3]

Joint Economic Committee


Hanna served 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

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.[6]

House vote on abortion ban

Nay3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on late-term abortions, or abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[7][8] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[9] Hanna was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.



See also: New York's 22nd congressional district elections, 2014

Hanna is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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

Hanna ran for re-election in 2012 on the Republican and Conservative tickets.[10] He defeated Michael Kicinski Sr. in the June 26 Republican primary.[11] Hanna was re-elected in November.[12]

Hanna had the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[13]

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.[14] Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna has worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[14] Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[15]

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.[14]

Kicinski was endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[16][17] 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.[18]

U.S. House, New York District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hanna Incumbent 56.4% 157,941
     Democratic Dan Lamb 36.4% 102,080
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 7.2% 20,168
Total Votes 280,189
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hanna Incumbent 70.7% 9,806
Michael Kicinski 29.3% 4,069
Total Votes 13,875

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hanna is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hanna raised a total of $3,453,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[20]

Richard Hanna's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 22) Won $1,071,314
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 24) Won $1,289,710
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 24) Won $1,092,861
Grand Total Raised $3,453,885

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hanna’s reports.[21]

Richard Hanna (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$37,025.30$29,563.39$(33,450.14)$33,138.55
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$33,138.55$237,268.37$(49,831.41)$220,575.51
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Hanna's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hanna won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hanna's campaign committee raised a total of $1,071,315 and spent $854,032.[24]

Cost per vote

Hanna spent $5.41 per vote received in 2012.


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.[25]


Ideology and voting

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hanna is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 21, 2013.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Hanna most often votes with:

Hanna least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hanna missed 70 of 1,708 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 4.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[28]

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.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hanna's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $13,683,134 to $39,475,000. That averages to $26,579,067, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House member in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 4.52% from 2010.[30]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[31]

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 tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 211th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[32]


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.[33]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Richard L. Hanna voted with the Republican Party 87.3% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June, 2013.

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.[34]

External links


  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HANNA, Richard, (1951 - )"
  2. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Proudly Serving New York's 24th District "Biography"
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Proudly Serving New York's 24th District "Committees"
  5. Herkimer Telegram "Minor party lines mostly absent in 22nd Congressional race," May 31, 2012
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  8. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  9. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  10. WBNG "Hanna Opens His Door," January 5, 2012
  11. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  13. Little Falls Times "Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District," June 19, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Oneida Dispatch "Hanna, Kicinski vie for 22nd Congressional District GOP bid," June 20, 2012
  15. News Channel 34 "Kicinski Says "No New Debt Limit"," June 21, 2012
  16. Utica Observer-Dispatch "NYS Right To Life Committee endorses Kicinski," June 11, 2012
  17. Utica Observer-Dispatch "Kicinski endorsed by pro-life PAC," June 20, 2012
  18. Central NY YNN "Hanna faces challenging race," May 22, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Richard Hanna" March 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Richard Hanna Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Richard Hanna April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Richard Hanna July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Richard Hanna 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Richard L Hanna 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 24, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Hanna" Accessed June 21, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Richard Hanna," Accessed August 6, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Richard Hanna" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm, "Richard L. Hanna," Accessed October 1, 2012
  30. "Richard Hanna (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  31., "Richard L. Hanna (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. 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