Richard Hanna was re-elected on November 6, 2012 to represent the 22nd District of New York in the United States House of Representatives. Richard brings real life experiences to our nation’s capital with a history of creating jobs, growing a business and understanding how both the federal and state governments affect decisions of business owners.
Richard has never served in public office before being elected in 2010. He spent nearly three decades as an Upstate New York business leader and is using that experience to help turn around both the national and Upstate economy. Richard is no stranger to facing tough challenges and finding solutions through hard work.
At the age of 20, Richard became the primary supporter of his mother and four sisters after his father died suddenly. He put school on hold to work and pay off a substantial family debt. Over the next eight years, Richard and his sister Katrina, worked together to support their family. He put himself through college and graduated in 1976.
After graduating with honors in Economics and Political Science from Reed College in Portland, OR., Richard started Hanna Construction and worked on small residential projects. Over the next 27 years Hanna Construction grew to employ more than 450 people – many from the construction trades – and successfully completed a myriad of multi-million dollar commercial and municipal projects in Upstate New York. Richard is a 25-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 545.
Richard serves on two House committees: Small Business, where he serves as Chairman of the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee; and Transportation & Infrastructure, where he acts as Vice Chairman of Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. Richard also serves on the Joint Economic Committee, which is a bicameral committee made up of both U.S. Senators and Representatives.
Richard has one of the most transparent offices on Capitol Hill. He is one of just two members to explain his votes on his website. As a first-year lawmaker, he has already had five of his bills passed in the House and three signed into law by the President.
He has also donated his time, leadership and personal resources to numerous civic, charitable, religious and philanthropic causes to compassionately address needs in our society.
In 2004, in cooperation with The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc., Richard founded “Annie’s Fund” to help women make positive changes at critical points in their lives through one-time grants. Hundreds of grants have been awarded since the inception.
Richard also served from 1994 to 2004 on the board of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc., including two years as the board chairman. In 2007, Richard was the recipient of foundation’s Rosamond Childs Award for Community Philanthropy.
Richard and his wife, Kim, live in Barneveld with their two children.