Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and
solemn remembrance that I rise today to pay tribute to a remarkable
statesman, public servant, Georgia State Representative, and friend of
longstanding--Mr. Robert ``Bob'' Paul Hanner, Sr. Sadly, Representative
Hanner passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. His passing marks the
close of a long and prolific life, and his departure leaves a void in
the hearts of many Georgians. A funeral service for Representative
Hanner was held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church
of Dawson in Dawson, Georgia.
Robert Paul Hanner, Sr. was born in Americus, Georgia on April 19,
1945, to the union of the late Jack and Yip Hanner. A product of
Georgia's educational systems, he attended Parrott Grammar School and
Terrell High School before graduating from both Gordon Military College
in Barnesville and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam from
1967 to 1968.
In 1975, Bob was elected to the Georgia General Assembly, where he
served until 2013, and represented House District 148, which included
portions of Chattahoochee, Quitman, Lee, Terrell, Webster, and Stewart
counties. During his 38 year tenure, he served as a member of the House
Appropriations Committee, Rules Committee, Natural Resources and
Environment Committee, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee,
Chairman of the Reapportionment Committee, and Chairman of the Game,
and Fish and Parks Committee. He also served as Co-Chair of the State-
wide Water Management Commission. Bob served as Co-Chair of the Joint
Blue Ribbon Study Commission on State Government Decentralization and
the Joint Comprehensive Water Study Committee. He also worked with the
Agriculture Water branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection
His contribution to agriculture and the environment is memorialized
in the Hooks-Hanner Environmental Resource Center which was established
through the legislative efforts of Bob and his longtime Southwest
Georgia legislative partner, State Senator George Hooks. The name of
the Center honors their legacy of service to Georgia agriculture and
the environment.
Bob's community involvement included membership in the Dawson Lion's
Club, the P.T. Schley Lodge No. 229, the Terrell County Chamber of
Commerce, as well as Vice President of both the Georgia and local
chapters of Jaycees.
Bob accomplished much throughout his life, but none of this would
have been possible without his enduring faith in God and the love and
support of his wife, Linda; his three sons, Robert Jr., Jeff, and Matt;
and his two grandsons.
On a personal note, Bob and I served under him in the State House
together and I was blessed with his friendship, counsel, and support
over the years. His help with my initial campaign and subsequent
reelection campaigns for Congress were pivotal. Bob was truly a great
representative for Southwest Georgia and a stellar example of how a
public servant should serve his constituents. His leadership will be
sorely missed.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District, in paying tribute to State Representative
Robert ``Bob'' Paul Hanner, Sr. for his remarkable leadership in our
great State of Georgia and in extending our deepest sympathies to his
family, friends and, loved ones during this difficult time of
bereavement. Moreover, we pray that they will be consoled and comforted
by an abiding faith and the Holy Spirit in the days, weeks, and months
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