Dan Fister’s Background

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce you to Dan Fister and share with you why I am running for the House of Representatives in the 56th District.

I was born in Lexington, the oldest of six children, and grew up on our family farm in northern Fayette County. This was a working farm and we were all expected to pitch in and work together to get the job done. This not only gave me an opportunity to develop a pretty good work ethic, it taught me the importance of taking care of the land and sparked a love for the land and for nature that has followed me my entire life.

I graduated from Lexington Catholic High School at seventeen years old and was already farming on my own. I was raising four and a half acres of tobacco on a farm down the road from my dad as a tenant. At nineteen, I married my high school sweetheart, Vickie Kain Fister. We have two grown sons, a granddaughter that I can’t say enough great things about, and we celebrate our 42th wedding anniversary this year.

I have studied Ag Production at the University of Ky., Police Administration at Eastern Ky. University, and hold a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Eastern Ky. University.

About a year after we were married I started a small construction contracting business that I retired from after thirty-four years. Along the way I was never satisfied doing just one thing at a time. So I have pursued other interests that include serving as a Deputy to the Fayette County Jailer where I held the rank of Sergeant, served as a Deputy and assistant bookkeeper to the Fayette County Clerk, and was the senior accountant for the U.S. operations of a small multinational corporation.

My father taught me the importance of giving back to our community and I have always tried to do that through my involvement in my church and various non-profit organizations. I am a Pro-Life conservative Christian that believes in standing up for the unborn and those that cannot speak for themselves, our Nation’s Constitution, and our environment. I am a life member of the Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League and have served five terms as President and seventeen years as a member of their Board of Directors. I am a life member of the League of Ky. Sportsmen and have served five years as a member of their Board of Directors. I have served as three terms as Grand Knight of my local council of the Knights of Columbus at Saint Leo’s Church in Versailles, Ky. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Central Kentucky Right to Life. I have been recognized for my work in conservation and our environment with the most notable being when Governor Paul Patton appointed me to the Ky. Land Heritage Fund Board in 2001 and when I was named the Conservationist of the Year by the Kentucky Wildlife Federation Foundation in 2005. I have served as Chairman of the Woodford County Republican Party since 2016.



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As we get back to normal and we prepare for our kids to go back to school, keep these dates in mind. I have full faith our children will be safe and the measures taken will be in their best interest. #fister56 ... See MoreSee Less

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