H. Hannah, Jr., a native of Diboll, serves as a U.S. District
Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. After serving
four years in the U.S. Navy, Hannah received his Bachelor
of Science in government in 1964 from Sam Houston State
Hannah was elected to the Texas Legislature in 1966
and served three terms representing Angelina, Trinity,
San Jacinto and Polk counties. He was a member of the
"Dirty Thirty" House members who eventually forced the
investigation of the Speaker of the House and others
in the Sharpstown bank scandal.
While serving in the legislature, Hannah attended
South Texas College of Law, gaining a law license in
1971. He went on to serve as district attorney for Angelina
County from 1973-1975.
In 1975, Hannah resigned as district attorney to become
the legal counsel for the public interest group Common
Cause, where he was active in preventing the crippling
of the Open Meetings Act, the Lobby Control Act and
other reform laws.
In 1977, President Carter appointed Hannah as the
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. For
almost 10 years, until 199 1, Hannah handled both civil
and criminal cases in the private practice of law.
On the date of Ann Richards' inauguration, Jan. 15,
1991, Hannah was appointed Secretary of State. He was
recently nominated by President Clinton to be a federal
judge for the Eastern District of Texas. U.S. Senate
confirmation of the appointment took place March 10,
Hannah has served as a member of the SHSU Friends
of the Liberal Arts advisory group and has successfully
sought funding for student scholarships in the Department
Hannah currently resides in Tyler with his wife, U.S.
Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie. Hannah has one son,
26-year-old John Hannah III, who lives in Austin.