Hanna among lawmakers to receive Champion for Children award

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Rep. Richard L. Hanna has been presented a Champion for Children award by the First Focus Campaign for Children, recognizing his leadership on issues important to children during the 113th Congress in 2013-14, the group announced.

Hanna, R-22, Barneveld, was among 50 members of Congress recognized as “Champions for Children” for “their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation,” said the national bipartisan children’s advocacy group. An additional 50 members were recognized as “Defenders of Children” for their support of policies that advance the well-being of children.

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Representative Hanna delivered for kids.”

In making selections, the organization noted leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to meet children’s needs. In addition, it said it 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.

Among other area congressional members, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, also was recognized among “Champions for Children.” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, was recognized among “Defenders of Children.”

This is the Campaign for Children’s fourth annual class of “Champions for Children.” More information is at campaignforchildren.org online.

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