Chris Hannan Is New State Trades Leader

SACRAMENTO—On Friday, July 14, Chris Hannan was sworn in to lead the State Building and Construction Trades Council, replacing Andrew Meredith as President.

President Hannan, unanimously elected by the Executive Board of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, served as Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council since 2021, and a Council Representative from 2012-2021.

“I am proud of the work we have done in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and I am proud of and grateful for the work that the State Building Trades has done in Sacramento and across the state,” Hannan said. 

“Working together, we can create thousands of additional opportunities for Californians to learn a Trade and earn a path to the middle class.”

Hannan has been instrumental in many large initiatives attracting national attention, including developing the nation’s hydrogen infrastructure through his leadership role in the ARCHES Hydrogen HUB initiative. California’s ARCHES bid won a nationwide competition for more than $1 billion in federal funding.

Additionally, Hannan led 2022’s successful “United to House LA” ballot measure that is expected to raise millions of dollars to create much-needed affordable housing. Hannan negotiated to ensure that a union workforce will build the majority of new homes. 

Hannan, who grew up in Orange County, is a second-generation member of UA Local 709 Sprinkler Fitters. 

The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California is the largest construction Trades council in the United States, representing nearly half a million members in 14 different crafts, including roughly 70,000 apprentices training to be the next generation of California skilled union workers.