Utica College’s Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science and government national honor society, will host former congressman Richard Hanna this Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the conference room in Boehlert Hall. (Please note that this location has been changed to Boehlert Hall; it was originally scheduled for the Carbone Family Auditorium in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building).
Hanna will speak on “The State of U.S. Politics and the Future of the Republican Party Under President Donald Trump.” There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend, and the lecture is open to everyone.
Hanna served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2016. A self-made successful businessperson, Hanna started his own firm, Hanna Construction, after college.
He made national news last August, as the first sitting Republican member of Congress to say that he would vote for Hillary Clinton for president over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, referring to Trump as a “national embarrassment.”
Hanna chose not to run for re-election in 2016, although his name has been mentioned by some media outlets as a possible candidate for governor of New York State.
Hanna and his wife Kim reside in Barneveld with their two children.