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Richard L. Hanna
Birthdate: Jan. 25, 1951
Birth Place: Utica, NY, United States
Residence: Barneveld, NY
First Elected: 2010
State: New York
District: District 22
Undergraduate: Reed College
Richard Hanna was born in Utica, N.Y., and now lives in the nearby village of Barneveld. He earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College in Portland, Ore.
He is a wealthy businessman and came close to victory in New York's 24th Congressional District in 2008 before winning two years later.
Hanna volunteers as a co-pilot with Angel Flights, which offers free flights for sick and disabled people when they need to travel long distances. He bought and rebuilt the defunct Cooperstown-Westville Airport.
Hanna and his wife, Kim, have two children.
Richard Hanna is running as an incumbent in 2012 for the first time in three consecutive congressional races.
He defeated two-term Rep. Michael Arcuri for the Utica-area 24th District seat in 2010 after narrowly losing to him in 2008.
Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, Hanna is running for the 22nd District in 2012. The newly drawn district includes Hanna's Utica-area home base as well as Binghamton and a wide, largely rural swath of central New York. The area, like much of upstate New York, has suffered for years from a weak economy and a shrinking population as young people have left in search of opportunities elsewhere.
Hanna easily held off a Republican primary challenge in June 2012 from a tea party-backed candidate, Michael Kicinski. His Democratic general election opponent is Dan Lamb, a longtime aide to retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey.
Hanna, a wealthy construction company owner, has said he wanted to bring a business perspective to Congress and has acted as a fiscal conservative. He voted for the budget proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and to repeal the 2010 health care reform law.
"I still maintain last year's health care bill was well-intentioned but ill-conceived," he said after the 2011 vote. "These votes will bring us closer to true reform through addressing health insurance costs, quality of care and increased access for all citizens who wish to have health care coverage."
Hanna has split with the House Republican majority on some key votes, including an amendment that would have cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood. He also has declined to sign activist Grover Norquist's pledge to oppose any tax increases.
Speaking about his record to a local newspaper, he said: "I'm one of the most independent, deliberate and thoughtful people down here."
Source: Associated Press
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