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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: January 25, 1951, Utica

Home: Barneveld

Education: Reed Col., B.A. 1976.

Professional Career: President, Hanna Construction; partner, the Gabriel Group, 1992-2010.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic

Family: Married (Kim) , 2 children

Republican Richard Hanna is a multimillionaire construction executive who is loyal to his party but who does not share the no-compromises militancy of fellow members of the GOP class of 2010. “We need to get along,” he told the Utica Observer-Dispatch in November 2012. “Compromise is not treason.”

Hanna is of Lebanese descent; he was born in Utica and graduated from high school in nearby Marcy. When his father died in 1971, the 20-year-old Hanna became the main source of income for his mother and four sisters. But he was determined to go to college and earned enough to put himself through Reed College in Portland, Ore., graduating in 1976. But his money ran out before he could get a master’s degree, so he decided to start a business. Since his father had been a carpenter, Hanna started a construction company. For five years, he lived in a barn he built and worked at whatever jobs his fledgling company could pick up. Hanna Construction eventually grew to employ more than 450 people. A licensed pilot, Hanna also volunteered with Angel Flights, a service that provides free transport to the sick and injured in need of long-distance transportation.

In May 2008, Hanna set out to run against freshman Democrat Michael Arcuri, who had won the seat 54%-45% in 2006 after veteran Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, a Republican moderate, retired. Hanna did not get much support from national Republicans, but he held Arcuri to a 52%-48% victory, even as Democrat Barack Obama carried the district. Two years later, Hanna was back for a rematch, running as a fiscal conservative opposed to government bailouts and, like Boehlert, a moderate on cultural issues. He supported abortion rights and civil unions for gay couples but dubbed the Democrats’ health care legislation “ill-conceived.”

Arcuri voted for the Democrats’ health care bill in November 2009 but against the final version in March 2010. That cost him the ballot line of the union-controlled Working Families Party, so he created his own Moderate Party to give him a second ballot line. On one issue, Hanna ran to Arcuri’s left: Arcuri opposed the building of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, while Hanna issued a statement supporting the developer’s right to build it, although he later said it would be “insensitive.”

Hanna’s business became an issue in the campaign. Arcuri aired an ad questioning Hanna’s commitment to restraining government spending, noting his business received $4 million in government contracts. Arcuri also noted that Hanna’s firm was cited 12 times for health and safety violations. Hanna responded that he went through proper avenues in obtaining government work, and that any company doing construction work was bound to accrue some violations. Arcuri spent $1.9 million, while Hanna spent $1.3 million, $270,000 of it his own money. Hanna won 53%-47%, carrying eight of 11 counties.

In the House, Hanna opposed moves by conservatives to drastically cut or eliminate programs such as National Public Radio. He did, however, come out strongly in favor of eliminating the Treasury Department’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and even successfully amended the bill to include details of the mortgage-assistance program’s flaws. He also collected an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. After South Carolina GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan encouraged Remington Arms in February 2013 to relocate its plant in Hanna’s district in retaliation for New York’s strict new gun laws, Hanna responded that he would work to make sure the plant stayed “right where it began almost 200 years ago.”

Hanna has delved into women’s rights issues on the side of Democrats. In 2012, Hanna played a leading role in an unsuccessful effort to revive a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, largely pushed by Democrats. He also was the only GOP House member to appear at a March 2012 rally in support of the Equal Rights Amendment and candidly told the crowd, “Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side—my side— has a lot of it.” In 2013, he joined the bipartisan “Problem Solvers” coalition led by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Hanna won reelection with ease in 2012, defeating Democrat Dan Lamb, 61%-39%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3665

(202) 225-1891

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 319
Washington, DC 20515-3222

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3665

(202) 225-1891

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 319
Washington, DC 20515-3222

DISTRICT OFFICE

(315) 724-9740

(315) 724-9746

258 Genesee Street First Floor
Utica, NY 13502-4636

DISTRICT OFFICE

(315) 724-9740

(315) 724-9746

258 Genesee Street First Floor
Utica, NY 13502-4636

DISTRICT OFFICE

(607) 723-0212

(607) 723-0215

49 Court Street Metro Center Suite 230
Binghamton, NY 13901

DISTRICT OFFICE

(607) 723-0212

(607) 723-0215

49 Court Street Metro Center Suite 230
Binghamton, NY 13901

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(315) 624-9440

PO Box 118
Utica, NY 13503-0118

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 118
Utica, NY 13503-0118

Staff

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Abortion

Renee Gamela
Communications Director

Appropriations

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Arts

Jaclyn Schwinghamer
Scheduler; Executive Assistant; Office Manager

Banking

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Budget

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Campaign

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Commerce

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Crime

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Education

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Energy

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Environment

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Finance

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Gun Issues

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Housing

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Human Rights

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Immigration

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Labor

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Lobbying Politics

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Military

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Minorities

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Native Americans

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Rules

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Tax

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Renee Gamela
Communications Director

Trade

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Andrew Brady
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

Veterans

Nick Stewart
Military Legislative Assistant

Women

Renee Gamela
Communications Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Richard Hanna
Votes: 157,941
Percent: 60.74%
Dan Lamb
Votes: 102,080
Percent: 39.26%
2012 PRIMARY
Richard Hanna
Votes: 10,627
Percent: 71.13%
Michael Kicinski
Votes: 4,314
Percent: 28.87%
2010 GENERAL
Richard Hanna
Votes: 101,599
Percent: 53.0%
Michael Arcuri
Votes: 89,809
Percent: 46.85%
2010 PRIMARY
Richard Hanna
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%)

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