The Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) welcomed Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna, R-District 7, of the Oregon House of Representatives to its most recent meeting on Dec. 8. Hanna spoke to the many accomplishments of the 2011 legislative session, including balancing the biennial legislative budget, setting aside rainy day funds, passing a bi-partisan redistricting plan, and passing the most aggressive education reform in state history.
Diann Owen, vice chair of the Oregon GAC, thanked Hanna for his opposition last session to adding to the regulatory burden and lending costs to credit unions.
“Co-Speaker Hannah was a key player in passing our update to the Oregon Credit Union Act this past legislative session,” said Jean Wheat-Palm, President and CEO of Valley Credit Union and chair of the Oregon GAC. “As we look to the 2012 session and beyond, we are committed to working with co-Speaker Hannah and the rest of the legislature to ensure credit unions continue to play a vital role in providing financial stability for our members, supplying needed capital to small businesses and building a better, stronger state.”
Hanna has represented District 7, which includes parts of Douglas and Lane Counties, in the Oregon House since 2004. He co-chairs the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction, the Joint Legislative Task Force on County Payments, and the Emergency Board. He is now serving his fourth term, this time as co-speaker of the House with his colleague, Rep. Arnie Roblan, D-District 9.
Hanna became a businessman at a young age when he established a Dairy Queen franchise in Pleasant Hill, Ore. After selling the franchise, he worked as the sales manager at Coca-Cola Bottling of Roseburg. Hanna later built a successful soft drink distribution system of his own and grew his business, eventually selling that business and and purchasing the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Roseburg. He is currently the president and CEO of that company as well as its sister company, Automatic Vending Service.
Hanna is the former president of the Oregon Soft Drink Association and a member and former president of the Roseburg Executive Association and the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Hanna is also on the board of directors for Advantage Dental and the C. Giles Hunt Foundation. He was recently recognized as a National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) champion of small business and the Oregon Business Association’s Statesman of the Year. According to a press release by the Oregon Business Association (OBA), the award was given in part because co-Speakers Hanna and Roblan demonstrated all of the traits of true Oregon Statesmen. The award is presented annually in recognition of extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building, and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon.
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