Katherine Keith "Kate" Hanley (born March 5, 1943) is an American Democratic politician in Virginia. She served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2006 to 2010,

Katherine Hanley
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
In office
March 20, 2006 – January 24, 2010
GovernorTim Kaine
Preceded byAnita Rimler
Succeeded byJanet Vestal Kelly
Chair of the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors
In office
February 8, 1995 – December 15, 2003
Preceded byTom Davis
Succeeded byGerry Connolly
Member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from the Providence district
In office
July 1986 – February 8, 1995
Preceded byJim Scott
Succeeded byGerry Connolly
Personal details
Katherine Anne Keith

(1943-03-05) March 5, 1943 (age 76)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Edward John Hanley
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
Harvard University

She previously served as chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1995 to 2003, as a county Supervisor for the Providence District from 1986 to 1995, and on the Fairfax County School Board.

Early life and educationEdit

The daughter of teachers Everett E. and Anna Catherine (Blanchard) Keith, Katherine Anne Keith grew up in Columbia, Missouri and graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1961.[1] She then attended the University of Missouri where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1965 with a B.A. in French Civilization and a B.S. in Secondary Education.[2][3] Keith next attended Harvard University, where she received a M.A.T. in Social Science in 1966.[3]

On August 6, 1966, Keith married Edward John Hanley of Endicott, New York. The couple moved to Northern Virginia that same year, and would go on to have two children; son Patrick Keith and daughter Cecelia Anne.[2]


Hanley began her career as a teacher at George Mason Junior-Senior High School in the city of Falls Church.[3] She also worked as a guidance counselor at the University of Missouri before leaving teaching in 1970.[3]

From 1976 to 1982, she and her husband owned and operated the Manor Home Center in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.[4]

In 1984, Hanley was appointed to the Fairfax County School Board by Providence District Supervisor James M. Scott to replace Ann P. Kahn.[5]

Supervisor Scott announced his resignation in May 1986, and Circuit Court Judge Barnard F. Jennings set a special election to fill the unexpired term Scott's Providence District seat.[6][7] Hanley defeated Republican State Delegate Stephen E. Gordy in the July 15 election.[8]

The following March, Hanley announced she would seek reelection to a full term as Supervisor from the Providence District.[9] In the November 3 election, Hanley soundly defeated Republican Myron Smith with 62 percent of the vote.[10]

Despite Republican attempts to link her to then chair of the board Audrey Moore and a general sentiment against incumbents, Hanley was able to retain her seat on the board of supervisors in the 1991 elections, defeating Steve Armstrong.[11]

Thomas M. Davis was elected to Congress in 1994, necessitating a special election to fill his vacant seat as chairman of the board of supervisors. Hanley won the February 1995 special election, defeating Springfield Supervisor Elaine McConnell.[12]

Nine months later, Hanley retained the chair by defeating school board chairman Gary L. Jones in the November regular election.[13]

Hanley opted for a less visible presence as chair than some of her predecessors, such as Jack Herrity and Tom Davis, saying that the community did not prefer "show horses over workhorses", and also garnered some criticism as not having a clearly defined vision.[14]

However, the Republicans did not field a candidate against her in the 1999 election, and she handily defeated her three independent challengers, winning by a 3 to 1 margin.

In 2000, Hanley sought the Democratic nomination to run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, following the withdrawal of State Senator Emily Couric due to illness, but withdrew in November.[15][16] Richmond mayor Tim Kaine would ultimately gain his party's nomination.

In 2003, Hanley did not seek reelection to the board of supervisors, and instead mounted a primary challenge against Jim Moran for Virginia's 8th congressional district, after Moran damaged himself politically by saying that American Jews were responsible for pushing the country to war with Iraq and that Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.[17] She abandoned that campaign in November for family reasons.[18]

In July 2004 Governor Mark Warner appointed her to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Following Tim Kaine's election as governor in November 2005, she was rumored to be a possible contender for Virginia Secretary of Transportation, but was passed over in favor of incumbent Secretary Pierce Homer.[19] Instead, Kaine appointed her as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia following the Virginia General Assembly's rejection of his first nominee, state AFL-CIO President Daniel G. LeBlanc.[20]

Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Hanley to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board in November 2014.[21][22]

She currently serves as a member of the Fairfax County Electoral Board.[23]


  1. ^ Hall, Thomas C. (10 January 2000). "Inner Loop: Relocation ... or class reunion?". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Fairfax Profiles: Katherine Hanley". The Washington Post. 22 November 1984. ProQuest 138133520.
  3. ^ a b c d Lipton, Eric (1995-02-03). "FAIRFAX BOARD CHAIRMAN CANDIDATES PRESENT DIVERGENT PERSONALITIES". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  4. ^ Anderson, John Ward; Hilzenrath, David S. (December 31, 1987). "Fairfax Board Takes New Direction". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Fairfax Supervisors Appoint New School Board Member". The Washington Post. 19 June 1984. ProQuest 138268261.
  6. ^ Hockstader, Lee (5 May 1986). "Scott Says He'll Quit Fairfax Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Around the Region: Election Set for Scott Seat". The Washington Post. 7 May 1986. ProQuest 138998128.
  8. ^ Turcol, Thomas (23 July 1986). "Herrity Charge Could Hurt Other Officials". The Washington Post. ProQuest 139054236.
  9. ^ "HANLEY HOPES FOR FULL TERM IN PROVIDENCE". The Washington Post. 1987-03-26. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  10. ^ Hockstader, Lee; Jordan, Mary (1987-11-04). "MOORE TROUNCES HERRITY". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  11. ^ Baker, Donald P.; Baker, Peter (1993-07-01). "FOR WILDER, AN OPPORTUNITY THAT MISSED". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-02. Two years ago, Armstrong ran as a Republican against Supervisor Katherine K. Hanley (D-Providence), routinely blasting the failures of the "Moore-Hanley board."
  12. ^ Shear, Eric Lipton; Michael D. (1995-02-08). "FAIRFAX ELECTS DEMOCRAT HANLEY CHAIRMAN". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  13. ^ Lipton, Eric (1995-11-16). "FAIRFAX VOTES FOR THE STATUS QUO". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  14. ^ Lipton, Eric (1996-11-17). "HANLEY'S VISION CALLED OBSCURE". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  15. ^ Shear, Michael D. (2000-08-24). "Hanley Eyes Run for Va. No. 2 Post". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  16. ^ Shear, Michael D. (2000-11-28). "Hanley Says She Won't Run For Lt. Gov". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  17. ^ Hsu, Spencer S. (11 March 2003). "Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War". The Washington Post. ProQuest 409438036.
  18. ^ Shear, Michael D.; Whoriskey, Peter (14 November 2003). "Hanley Ends Effort to Challenge Moran". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  19. ^ Shear, Michael D. (18 March 2016). "Kaine Plans To Draw on Fairfax for Key Adviser". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Hanley On Deck To Advise Kaine On Appointments - Fairfax Focus". voices.washingtonpost.com. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  21. ^ Barton, Mary Ann (14 November 2014). "Governor Appoints Kate Hanley to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board". Reston Patch. Patch.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  22. ^ Goff, Karen (17 November 2014). "Former Supervisor Hanley Appointed to MWAA Board". Reston Now. Local News Now LLC. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Electoral Board | Elections". www.fairfaxcounty.gov. Retrieved 2019-12-18.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anita Rimler
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Succeeded by
Janet Vestal Kelly