Representative Ray Hanrahan View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/18/2007
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 59 (1961)
Home County: Polk
Ray Hanrahan
Polk County


RAYMOND JOSEPH HANRAHAN was born July 1, 1922 in Des Moines. He attended St. Augustine’s School and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Ray was the all-city baseball pitcher for the City of Des Moines in 1940.

Ray lived in the Des Moines area all of his life except for the time he spent in the Army Air Corps. During World War II Ray served as a fighter pilot in Italy where he flew P-47 Thunderbolts. After the war Ray returned to Des Moines and, in 1948, married Alice Mae Paulsen. He enrolled at Drake University where he earned a B.A. in Accounting and, in 1950, a law degree.

After graduating from law school Ray began practicing with the firm, Hanrahan and Wasker. He then served as an Assistant Polk County Attorney prior to his election to two terms as Polk County Attorney. In 1976 Ray was sworn in as a Polk County District Court Judge, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

A Democrat, Judge Hanrahan was a member of the Fifty-ninth General Assembly. (1961-1962)

Raymond Joseph Hanrahan died on November 18, 2007 at the age of 85.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved By The House Of Representatives Of The Eighty-Third General Assembly Of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Raymond Joseph Hanrahan, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.