Derek Bailey (tribal chairman)

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Chairman Derek Bailey

Derek J. Bailey (born 1972[1]) served as Tribal Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) beginning in 2008. He also served prior on Tribal Council from 2004-2008. On October 1, 2011, Chairman Bailey announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan's 1st congressional district. During April 2012, Chairman Bailey ended his Congressional campaign effort and moved into Michigan's State House race for the 101st District (Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties).

Early life[edit]

Bailey is a native of Traverse City, Michigan, and grew up there and in neighboring Leelanau County.[2]


Tribal service[edit]

Bailey began serving as the fifth GTB Tribal Chairman in November 2008.[3][4] Chairman Bailey received a Presidential Appointment by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, and was sworn in on November 3, 2010 National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Congressional campaign[edit]

On October 1, 2011, Bailey announced his intention to run for U.S. Representative for Michigan's newly redrawn 1st congressional district. He is running as a Democrat in the primary against Gary McDowell, a state representative who lost in the general election in 2010 against first-time candidate Dan Benishek.[5] In April 2012 he changed plans and instead decided to run for the state house of Representatives.[6] Bailey was narrowly defeated in the primary by Bernard "Allen" O'Shea.[7]


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Preceded by
Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
2008 – 2012
Succeeded by
Alvin Pedwaydon