Former U.S. Congressman Richard Hanna, who served in New York’s 22nd District from 2011-2017 and also founded his own excavation company, passed away from a cancer diagnosis on Sunday (March 15) at the age of 69 years.
An official statement released Monday on behalf of the family confirmed Hanna’s passing after a “private and courageous battle with cancer.” (see full statement at bottom of page)
The late congressman had successful heart open surgery at the beginning of his first term in February 2011. A lifelong Republican and Oneida County native, he was touted by many for his dedication to service and constant willingness to work across party lines.
Hanna also provided frequent consultation to his successors, including former Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney and current Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D).
A memorial service and celebration have been planned for later in the spring.
Several current and former elected officials have since their reactions to his passing:
“I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Richard Hanna, a personal friend and professional mentor,” Rep. Brindisi said. “The Congressman was a giant of upstate New York, a public servant who ‘talked the talk’ and ‘walked the walk’ in his bipartisan service to this community. He put people before politics, our hometown above all else, and he led with true heart. Our community is better for his service and he will be dearly missed. Erica and I send our deepest condolences to Richard’s wife, Kim, their children, and the entire Hanna family during this difficult time.”
Former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney said: “I am saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. Richard was a successful businessman and true public servant who endeavored to always give back to our community. My prayers are with Kim and the entire Hanna family tonight.”
“Congressman Hanna represented the people of his district with great integrity. He worked across the aisle to get things done, and he really cared. We collaborated time and again on projects big and small. His focus was always on the people, never the politics. We need more of that in Congress. My heartfelt condolences go out to the community, his friends and entire family,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
“The people of upstate New York and America have lost a patriot and public servant of conviction and character: former Congressman Richard Hanna,” said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Congressman Hanna was a leader of great integrity who always put patriotism and principles before politics, including when he became one of the first sitting Republican Members of Congress to support marriage equality. His support for America’s immigrant heritage was an inspiration to all.”
See full statement below released on behalf of the Hanna Family:
“Congressman Richard Hanna passed away on Sunday, March 15 with his loving family by his side after a private and courageous battle with cancer.
His life and work will remain an inspiration for generations to come – from the structures he built through Hanna Construction to his charitable works that continue to benefit the lives of many in our community, and the indelible mark he left on the U.S. House of Representatives standing for tolerance, personal freedom, and equal rights for all.
Richard was honorable, he led by example, and always stood for what he believed was right. His passing leaves an enormous hole in the hearts of those who loved him.
Most of all his beloved wife Kim, his children Emerson and Grace who were his reason for being, his siblings, his family and friends. “