WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna has been honored for his work to make children and families a national priority in Congress.
The First Focus Campaign for Children selected Hanna as a 2013 “Champion for Children.” He is one of three House Republicans to receive the honor.
First Focus is a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization that annually selects 50 Members of Congress from the House and the Senate to receive the award. In selecting Champions, the First Focus noted leaders who introduced, co-sponsored and voted for legislation to meet children’s needs. In addition, the organization considered members who demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to improve the health and well being of children.
“Our children hold the key to ensuring that the best days lie ahead in upstate New York and in this nation,” Hanna, R-Barnevled, said in a release. “I will continue to support policies to make sure our youth are healthy and academically prepared to succeed throughout their lives. Properly educating and supporting our children is the best way to keep America globally competitive and to rebuild the middle class in Central New York and the Southern Tier.”
The other Republican House members to receive the award include fellow New York Representative Michael Grimm and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.