Tony P. Hall
|Tony P. Hall|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
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
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
January 3, 1969-December 31, 1972
|Preceded by||Robert Roderer|
|Succeeded by||Paul Leonard|
|7th United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture|
September 2002 – April 2006
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||George McGovern|
|Succeeded by||Gaddi Vasquez|
|Born||Tony Patrick Hall
January 16, 1942
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. He then served from 2002 to 2006 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, 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. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, 1999, and 2001 for his work on poverty.
Early life and education, marriage and family
Hall graduated from Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio in 1960. He received a bachelors 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). He also has an honorary degree from Loyola University Maryland (1998).
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 then worked as a real estate agent.
Hall and his wife, Janet Sue Dick, were married in 1973. They have two children, Jyl Hall Smith and Matthew Hall (Their son Matt died in 1996 at age 15 of leukemia.)
Ohio state legislator
Hall was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, to succeed Rep. Charles W. Whalen, Jr., a moderate Republican. In the 1980s, Hall became a born-again Christian and changed his position on abortion from pro-choice to pro-life. Hall served in Congress for 24 years, longer than any previous U.S. representative representing Dayton's district.
During his tenure in Congress, Hall's primary focus was addressing world hunger. He made frequent trips to more than 100 countries such as Sierra Leone 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. Hall was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. 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.
Hall was an Ohio delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
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 by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in September 2002.
He then served in this position from around 2002 to 2006, which constituted being chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Hall authored a 2007 book, with Tom Price, called 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.
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 to work with the religious leaders of the Holy Land, principally amongst 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 that will be split evenly between an economics-based effort and a faith-based effort, Hall will work with religious leaders to help prepare the way for peace in the Middle East. Hall would receive no salary for his work.
He currently serves as the Director for The Alliance to End Hunger.
Hall serves on the Board of Advisors of Opportunity International, a charity that seeks to end poverty through microcredit lending to entrepreneurs.
|United States House of Representatives|
Charles W. Whalen, Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd congressional district
Hall's name appeared in the Coursera course "Digital Democracy". His name was revealed as a write-in on a surplus voting machine.
- List of United States political appointments that crossed party lines
- Election Results, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 3rd District
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
- Instead of feeling guilty about the hungry, Hall feels responsible, National Catholic Reporter, April 23, 1993
- U.S. State Department Biography of Tony Hall
- Built on faith: Tony Hall leads Middle East peace initiative Dayton Jewish Observer
- Tony P. Hall at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Peace Corps biography of Tony Hall
- Tony Hall Endorses Barack Obama