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Richard Thomas Hanna (June 9, 1914 – June 9, 2001) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Richard T. Hanna
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byMark W. Hannaford
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Richard Thomas Hanna

(1914-06-09)June 9, 1914
Kemmerer, Wyoming
DiedJune 9, 2001(2001-06-09) (aged 87)
Tryon, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of California

Hanna was born in Kemmerer, Wyoming and graduated from Pasadena Junior College, Pasadena, California. He received his BA and LLB from the University of California, Los Angeles and then became a lawyer in private practice, after serving in the United States Naval Air Corps from 1942 to 1945.

He served as member of the California state assembly from 1956 to 1962 and was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth United States Congress in 1963 and to the five succeeding congresses (January 3, 1963 - December 31, 1974) to represent California's 34th congressional district, which then covered parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties. He resigned his seat on December 31, 1974.


In the 1970s, he received payments of about $200,000 from Korean businessman Tongsun Park in what became known as the Koreagate influence buying scandal. After the payments were revealed, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery and was sentenced to 6–30 months in federal prison, of which he served one year.

After his death on June 9, 2001, in Tryon, North Carolina, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina.[1]

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  1. ^ Haldane, David (13 June 2001). "Richard Hanna; Congressman Sent to Prison in Bribery Scandal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 May 2013.

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