Fred Dailey

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Fred Dailey is the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District of Ohio

Fred Dailey is the Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 18th Congressional District (map) of Ohio. He won the Republican nomination and will challenge incumbent Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio).[1]


Positions, record and controversies


An eastern Ohio farm boy, Fred L. Dailey was appointed by Governor George Voinovich in 1991 to the post he held for 16 years--Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Dailey provided leadership for Ohio’s No. 1 industry, agriculture, and administered numerous regulatory, food safety and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all Ohioans. As part of his duty to protect the public, he served on the State of Ohio Security Task Force. He is the longest serving Ag Director in Ohio history.[2]

Dailey’s formal education and job experience include a B.A. degree from Anderson University, where he majored in political science and history. He earned his master’s degree in public administration from Ball State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While in college, Dailey was president of the College Republican Club, captain of the Wrestling Team, and president of the senior class. Following graduation, Dailey worked for the Department of Corrections and was later hired by the U.S. Treasury as a Sky Marshal during the hijacking crisis. In 1975, Dailey was appointed director of the Indiana Division of Agriculture and served in that capacity for six years. In 1982, Dailey returned to his native state and for the next nine years served the Ohio beef industry as executive vice president of the Ohio Beef Council and executive secretary of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.[2]

A combat veteran, Dailey served as a paratrooper with the 101st airborne division in Vietnam. Dailey is a former rodeo cowboy and an amateur mountaineer. Dailey has scaled two of the seven continental summits: Mt. Elbrus (former USSR) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa).[2]

Director Dailey is past president of both the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He is also past president of the Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council. Dailey has received the Honorary American Farmer Degree from the FFA and in 1998, the national "Outstanding State Agriculture Executive" award presented by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. In 1999, Dailey was named "Man of the Year" by Progressive Farmer magazine.[2]

Dailey served as an advisory member of the Bush-Cheney agricultural transition team and in 2002 was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Chairman of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer-Mac).[2]

Dailey and his wife, Rita, have been married for 38 years and reside on a 270 acre working farm in Knox County, where they raise Angus cattle. They have three children and five grandchildren.[2]

2008 elections

Fred Dailey won the Republican nomination in the 2008 congressional primary.[1]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Fred Dailey. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.

Campaign contribution data could not be found.

Committees and affiliations


Dailey will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


More background data


Campaign Contact Information

Official Dailey for Congress Web site

Dailey for Congress
13126 Miller Rd
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Sean Bartley
Email: or

Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 WKYC, “March 4, 2008 Ohio Election Results", “”, March 5, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Bio,", retrieved October 20, 2008

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