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Rep. Hanna Announces Retirement in Binghamton

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A day after announcing he will retire after next year, three-term Republican Congressman Richard Hanna came to Binghamton to explain his decision.

He said the decision came down to wanting to spend more time with his wife and two kids. The 64-year-old Hanna also cited his age. He said he is term limiting himself, an act he believes makes good sense.

According to Hanna, some potential candidates have already expressed interest in the position. As of now, Republican State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who lost to Hanna in a primary in 2014, is the only declared candidate.

“You just want somebody reasonable and smart, who’s willing to listen and doesn’t go there with the idea that they represent the extremes. We need more balance in government. And we need more people willing to compromise and work together and be civil,” said Rep. Hanna.

Hanna says he’s excited for the time he has left in Congress. He wants to work on legislation that would address early childhood education, retirement savings and the FAA bill that would help the Greater Binghamton Airport.