Richard Hanna spent summers growing up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in Herkimer County and he appreciates that agriculture is a major economic driver in upstate New York. He believes farming is part of our community’s heritage and future. In Congress, Richard is working to protect farmers from unreasonable federal regulations and make sure our farms have access to affordable energy and reliable labor.
Richard Hanna co-chairs the Congressional Organic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Dairy Caucus. In 2014, Richard help approve a new five-year Farm Bill supported by the New York Farm Bureau which gives Upstate farmers stability, transitions to a more modern dairy support system, and supports specialty crops and organic. For his efforts, Richard been honored with the Friend of the Farm Bureau award.
Richard Hanna is a lifelong businessman who built a construction company from the ground up and has given back to numerous local charitable causes. He’s not a career politician, Albany lawyer or a Washington insider. In the words of Westmoreland resident Sam Dinitto, “Hanna isn’t your typical career politician, but the model the constitution founders wanted to serve in Congress.” Richard supports term limits for Members of Congress, opposes Congressional pay raises, and he voted to cut Congress’ budget – including his own – by nearly 20 percent.
Richard Hanna believes that education is our most important investment because he knows education will ensure the vitality and prosperity of upstate New York’s future. Richard is an outspoken advocate of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education initiatives. He supports the All Children are Equal Act, which would ensure that school districts are treated based upon their percentages of poverty, rather than population to help disadvantaged, rural school districts found in parts of upstate New York.
Richard Hanna is a leading Republican voice on the importance of early education and he also stands up for teachers as a co-sponsor of the Teacher Tax Deduction Act. Richard is a strong supporter of Upstate’s many colleges and universities because of their contributions to our communities and economy. In 2014, Richard was given an “A” grade by the National Education Association.
Richard Hanna supports a real national energy policy for the United States that will reduce our dependence on unstable foreign energy sources and increase our economic competitiveness. Richard Hanna supports safe production of American natural gas to help reduce costs for families, farmers and manufacturers. He also supports approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, more access to U.S. offshore energy resources, and he pushes back against unrealistic EPA regulations that increase energy costs for New Yorkers. Richard opposes wasteful wind energy subsidies that distort markets and fleece taxpayers.
Richard Hanna also supports a clean environment and believes strong conservation programs are important. Richard believes we must address our energy and climate needs in a practical way that makes sense for our economy and does not target upstate New York.
Richard Hanna believes that real health care reform is needed. Richard has consistently voted 47 times to repeal, delay and defund Obamacare. He supports replacing it with commonsense reforms that increase access through lower costs. Richard Hanna supports legislation that lowers premiums through more competition and choice, allows people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable coverage, reforms the medical liability system, preserves the patient’s ability to keep a plan if he or she likes it, expands incentives to encourage personal responsibility and ultimately increases the number of insured New Yorkers. Richard believes we can and must increase access to health care without compromising the ability of our economy to create jobs and put New Yorkers back to work.
Richard Hanna is a successful businessman who has worked for 30 years in our community and created hundreds of jobs. Richard knows what it takes to create a job and balance a budget because he’s actually done it. He voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and also supported the No Budget, No Pay Act.
Richard chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce. Richard supports lower rates, fewer loopholes and more certainty in the tax code. He has authored legislation to lower our high business tax rates and a bill to put a moratorium on major, costly regulations.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Richard with its Spirit of Enterprise Award for his pro-business positions in 2013, and he received the highest score for a Member of Congress from New York. The National Federation of Independent Business has also honored Richard for his record of supporting small businesses.
Richard Hanna believes that the United States must maintain strong and vigilant armed forces and that Congress must provide our troops the funding and equipment they need to succeed when they answer our nation’s call. Richard works to ensure that our military service members and civilian personnel, reservists and retirees have access to the best health care and benefits possible. As founder and co-chair of the New York Defense Working Group, Richard is a leading advocate for the protection and promotion of Upstate military installations like Rome Lab, DFAS and EADS.
Richard Hanna understands the unique and important role in which Native Americans played in upstate New York prior to and during the founding of the United States. Their vital contributions continue to this day and have considerable potential to drive economic development in Central New York. As a Member of Congress, Richard backs efforts to improve economic, educational and health care opportunities for Native Americans. He believes the 2013 agreement between the Republican-controlled legislatures of Madison and Oneida counties, New York state and the Oneida Indian Nation allows all residents an opportunity to move forward toward greater economic opportunity and shared prosperity. Additionally, Richard supported the Native American Education Act, the Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act, and the Violence Against Women Act – all key pieces of legislation for Native Americans.
Richard is a member of the National Rifle Association and is a strong defender of the Second Amendment. The National Rifle Association endorsed Richard in 2012 and gave him an “A” rating. Richard Hanna believes that the Second Amendment is a fundamental American right and he is working in Congress to protect it. Here in Upstate, the responsible use of firearms means good manufacturing jobs, hunting and sporting opportunities and self-protection. Richard has been a leading advocate to keep Remington’s firearm manufacturing jobs in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come and is opposed to policies like the NY SAFE Act which unfairly infringe upon the Constitutional rights of responsible New York gun owners. Richard will continue to stand up for our law-abiding citizens, businesses, hunters and outdoors enthusiasts.
Richard Hanna knows that Upstate senior citizens have given much to our nation. Our government must keep the promises made to them – it’s just that simple. Richard is working to make sure Medicare and Social Security remain available for our seniors, and that these important programs are strong and solvent for our children and grandchildren. In Congress, Richard is standing up for seniors by voting to repeal Obamacare which cut Medicare to fund new programs. He also voted to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board – a board of bureaucrats to determine which medical treatments are too expensive under the health care law – because seniors should be in charge of their own health care decisions, not unelected officials. Richard is also a strong supporter of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program which helps Upstate seniors pay home energy bills during cold winters.
Richard Hanna has emerged as a key leader on transportation and infrastructure issues in Congress. He is the Vice Chair of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. Richard utilizes his background in construction and was instrumental in getting a new long-term Highway bill signed into law. Richard believes that a robust, fiscally-responsible transportation policy will put New Yorkers back to work and increase our economic competitiveness. He also voted to support a new water resources infrastructure bill and was tapped as a Republican negotiator with the Senate by House Speaker John Boehner.
Richard Hanna, a pilot, is the only Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was recently appointed to the Aviation Subcommittee. He was honored as “House Legislator of the Year” by the National Association of Development Organizations for his work to increase the voices of small, rural communities in the transportation planning process.
Richard Hanna is the son of a Marine combat veteran. He understands the struggles and sacrifices endured by our military and their families. Upstate has a proud heritage of selfless commitment to our nation and Richard believes we must provide our veterans with the highest quality care and services. He works in Congress to improve our veterans’ quality of life, health care and ability to find a job when they return home. Richard Hanna consistently votes to support and increase veterans’ benefits and has supported key legislation to increase veterans’ disability compensation rates, reduce the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and strengthen the GI Bill.