Mike Hanna Sr. to retire; Mike Jr. seeks his dad’s seat

Mike Hanna Jr. is hoping to take over where his dad, Mike Hanna Sr., leaves off.

A day after Mike Jr. announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for his father’s 76th House District seat this year, State Rep. Mike Sr. announced he is retiring from the state Legislature after 14 terms.

The decision made by the 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was not one that came easily.

“After considerable deliberation, I have decided that the time has come to spend more time with my family, travel with my wife and enjoy the great outdoors,” Hanna Sr. said in a prepared statement. “This is what is best for my family at this time and it is my hope, upon retirement, to be able to explore other avenues for which I am passionate.”

Hanna Sr. was elected by his colleagues to serve four terms as Democratic whip. As whip, he assisted party leaders in coordinating the caucus in its responses to critical legislation.

For the past 27 years, Hanna worked with both Republican and Democratic governors. He fought for economic development and commonsense solutions to issues affecting the 76th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania. He spent countless hours focusing on sound fiscal policies, government reform efforts, quality educational opportunities for every child and sportsmen issues, to name a few.

Read much more about the Hannas in Tuesday’s Express.

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