COOPERSTOWN – Richard Hanna, 69, a moderate Republican from Barneveld who represented Otsego County for six years in Congress, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at an Oneida County hospital, syracuse.com is reporting.
Born in Utica, Hanna developed a successful construction company. After losing to Michael Arcuri, the Oneonta county district attorney, in 2008, he defeated Arcuri in 2010, then won reelection in 2012.
In 2014, he faced a strong challenge in the Republican primary from Claudia Tenney. When Hanna, who bought a house on Otsego Lake while serving in Congress, retired in 2016, he was succeeded by Tenney.
Particular noted for his support of women’s issues, he was also the only Republican Congressman in 2016 who said he would vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly, and two children.