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Tony P. Hall
7th United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
In office
September 2002 – April 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by George McGovern
Succeeded by Gaddi Vasquez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1979 – September 9, 2002
Preceded by Charles W. Whalen Jr.
Succeeded by Mike Turner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 1, 1979
Preceded by David Holcomb
Succeeded by Chuck Curran
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – December 31, 1972
Preceded by Robert Roderer
Succeeded by Paul Leonard
Personal details
Born Tony Patrick Hall
(1942-01-16) January 16, 1942 (age 76)
Dayton, Ohio
Political party Democratic

Tony Patrick Hall (born January 16, 1942) is an American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than twenty years representing the state of Ohio as a Democrat.

From 2002 to 2006, Hall served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and as chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Subsequently, Hall worked on a Middle East peace initiative in collaboration with the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Early life and education, marriage and family

Hall was born in Dayton, Ohio. His father Dave Hall served as a Republican mayor of Dayton.

Hall graduated from Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, in 1960. He received a bachelor's degree from Denison University (Granville, Ohio) in 1964. While in college, Hall was named Little All-American football tailback and the Ohio Conference's Most Valuable Player (1963).

After college, Hall served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, teaching English in 1966–1967, an experience that contributed to his strong interest in world hunger issues. Hall next worked as a real estate agent.

Hall and his wife, Janet Sue Dick, were married in 1973. They had two children together, Jyl Hall Smith and Matthew Hall. (Their son Matt died in 1996 at age 15 of leukemia.)

Ohio state legislator

Hall became active in politics, joining the Democratic Party in a change from his father's affiliation. He was elected as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving from 1969 to 1973, and as an Ohio state senator from 1973 to 1979.

In 1974, Hall ran for Ohio Secretary of State and lost to Republican incumbent Ted W. Brown.

U.S. Representative

Hall was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, to succeed 12-year incumbent Charles W. Whalen Jr., a moderate Republican. He won election with 54 percent of the vote, but would never face another contest anywhere near that close. He would be reelected 11 more times, never dropping below 57 percent of the vote. As a measure of how popular he was in the Dayton area, he was unopposed for reelection in 1984 even as Ronald Reagan carried the district in a landslide. He was unopposed again in 1990, and faced no major-party opposition in 1982 and 2000.

In the 1980s, Hall became an evangelical Christian, prompting him to change his position on abortion from pro-choice to pro-life. Otherwise, his voting record was decidedly liberal.

During his tenure in Congress, Hall concentrated on seeking to alleviate world hunger. He made frequent trips to more than 100 countries such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Sudan, and North Korea where hunger was widespread. He was chairman of the Select Committee on Hunger from 1989 to 1993. When the committee was abolished, Hall fasted for 22 days in protest.[1] He was founder of the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors and the Congressional Hunger Center. Hall served terms on the foreign affairs and small business committees before being appointed to the House Rules Committee in 1981.

Twice during his tenure as U.S. representative, Hall introduced legislation that would have apologized for slavery in the United States.[2]

Hall was an Ohio delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

U.S. Ambassador

Hall served in the House into 2002, when President George W. Bush nominated him to succeed George McGovern as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Hall's confirmation to the post was held up for several months, but he was confirmed and sworn into the post in September 2002 by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

He served in this position until 2006, leading as chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Later activities

With Tom Price, Hall wrote Changing the Face of Hunger: One Man's Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, and People of Faith Are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, the Poor, and the Oppressed (2007).

In March 2007, Hall announced he was committed to fostering a Middle East peace initiative, by working with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and religious leaders of the Holy Land, principally among Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Middle East. Under a $1 million grant from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice via the U.S. Agency for International Development, to be applied to both economics and faith-based efforts, Hall was to work with religious leaders to help prepare the way for peace in the Middle East. Hall received no salary for his work.[3]

He serves as the Director for The Alliance to End Hunger. Hall also serves on the Board of Advisors of Opportunity International, a charity that seeks to end poverty through microcredit lending to entrepreneurs.

See also


External links

  • United States Congress. "Tony P. Hall (id: H000074)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Peace Corps biography of Tony Hall
  • Tony Hall Endorses Barack Obama
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles W. Whalen Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Mike Turner
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