Dan Fister for KY State Representative

Meet Dan Fister

My name is Dan Fister, and I am running for election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in the 56th District. This district includes part of Franklin County, part of Fayette County, and all of Woodford County.

My original decision to run for public office was not taken lightly. I am not a politician and truly never considered such a path until I was asked and encouraged by several leaders in our community. As a farmer, property manager, and retired general contractor, I am truly not looking for a career and my only motivation is to make a positive difference in our community and in our state. In fact, when I was first asked in the middle of December 2015 if I had any interest in running for this office, my answer was a resounding NO!

The following week, the front page story in the Woodford Sun was about the young people we are losing to heroin right here in Woodford County. Our local community was still in shock from the stabbing death of six year old Logan Tipton as he slept in his bed and most conversations had some reference to the latest shooting in Lexington.

When I looked at the home page of the Woodford County Fiscal Court, I found that we had approximately 11,000 jobs in Woodford County with about half (5,600) being staffed by local residents. The remainder filled by what they term as “commuters” from outside the county.
It didn’t take me long to realize that Woodford County and the rest of the 56th District is facing some real problems and when we fast forward to today, nothing has really changed. I have two grandchildren, the oldest is now ten and quite frankly it scares me when I think of the world we are leaving them to grow up in.

This was enough to convince me that what we have been doing in the past is not working and we need to find REAL solutions to our problems. Let’s fix the underlying problems with the pension system, address the opioid crisis, and realize that “more funding” is not the solution to every problem. I truly believe our children deserve better and it’s time we take back their future. With your help and support, we can insure our children have a bright tomorrow, and I humbly ask for your support and your vote on November 3rd for State Representative.

Community Involvement

Gubernatorial Appointments
Ky. Land Heritage Fund Board – Governor Paul Patton 2001

Awards Received
Fayette Co. Farm Bureau King 1976
Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League – Sportsmen’s Citizenship Award 2002
Ky. Wildlife Federation Foundation – Conservationist of the Year 2005

Central Ky. Right to Life – Take Time For Life Award 2019

Volunteer and Nonprofit Positions
-St. Leo’s Council of the Knights of Columbus
Grand Knight 2015-2017, 2018-2019
-Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League
President 5 Terms
Treasurer 2 Terms
Board of Directors 17+ years
-League of Kentucky Sportsmen
Board of Directors 2 Terms
-6th District Federation of LKS
President – Multiple Terms
Vice President
District Director
-Bluegrass State Games
Co-Chair of Shooting Sports – 5 Years
-Woodford County Republican Party
Chairman 2017-Present
-Central Kentucky Right to Life
Board of Directors 2019 – Present

Clubs and Memberships – Past and Present
Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League – Life Member
League of Kentucky Sportsmen – Life Member
National Rifle Association – Life Member

Ky. Farm Bureau – From Birth to a member Family – Present
National Wild Turkey Foundation – Chapter Founding Member
Bluegrass Friends of the NRA Banquet Committee
Quail Unlimited
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Pheasants Forever
Central Ky. Grouse Hunters
And many others


National Rifle Association – AQ Rated
Kentucky Right to Life
Commonwealth Policy Center
Supporters living within the 56th District


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I think it’s sad that our Governor has seen fit to veto legislation that will help to insure that our elections are conducted honestly and fairly. I think it says a lot about his underlying character. Overriding this veto is the right thing to do and I ask my legislators in the House and Senate to stand on principle and not on party and vote to override this veto. #fister56 ... See MoreSee Less

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Kentucky General Assembly passes “bare bones” budget in anticipation of COVID-19 impact on state revenue

Frankfort, Kentucky (April 1, 2020) – Members of the Kentucky House and Senate met in Frankfort today to approve a one-year executive branch budget that guides the state’s spending for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. The spending plan includes $11.4 billion in funding for state agencies and programs, including public education, Medicaid, and programs currently engaged in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

The budget, crafted as a substitute to HB 352, is a departure from the version approved by the House prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The House version included funding increases for education, additional social worker positions, and raises for school and state employees.

House Appropriations and Revenue Chair Steven Rudy shared that the version approved today reflects early estimates of how the pandemic will impact the state’s economy and revenue collections. However, while the state expects a major decrease in revenue, Rudy stressed that it is still to early to know exactly how bad it could be.

“We were extremely pleased with the budget we sent to the Senate and the record investment made in education. But the world has changed and we have no way to know how far this recession is going to go, how deep it will truly be, and what it will mean to the coffers here in Frankfort,” Rudy said.

The approved version of HB 352 keeps funding flat for many areas of state government, including the $4,000 per pupil allocation for Kentucky’s public schools. The House had increased per pupil spending – referred to as SEEK funding - to record levels in its original version. Also removed from the House plan was funding for additional social worker positions, as well as pay increases for teachers, school and state employees.

“We are obviously disappointed at these changes. Per pupil funding has been a priority for us from the beginning. In fact, the 2018 budget - the first crafted by this Majority – included a record level of per pupil, or SEEK, funding and was the first budget in decades to fully fund the teacher pension system,” House Speaker David Osborne said.

Osborne added that legislators worked with limited resources in January but were able to produce a budget that served the state’s needs while being accountable to taxpayers.

“We were able to invest every dollar of our budget in areas that could move this state forward. We applied the same philosophy we have since becoming the majority and for good reason, our policies were working. Until now, we have enjoyed record low unemployment and historic investments in business growth from both in-state and out-of-state companies,” Osborne added. “We’re going to work with what we have, but make no mistake, while our short term priorities have changed, our long erm commitment to Kentucky and its people remains the same.”

According to Rudy, the budget does fully fund the actuarially required contributions to the Kentucky Retirement System and the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System and fully funds teacher health insurance. It also continues the freeze on pension contribution rates for quasi-governmental agencies, which include regional universities, local health departments, and domestic violence shelters across the state.

To conduct legislative business, the House implemented a remote voting procedure. This process allowed House members to transmit that vote to designated members who would record it formally with the House Clerk. This change is in addition to steps taken in early March as public health officials began warning about the spread of COVID-19. Doing so limited the number of individuals on the House Floor at the same time while still ensuring that members can cast votes on behalf of their constituents. While a legislative first, these actions reflect House Majority Leadership’s intent to preserve each district’s right to participate in the budget process.

In addition to the executive branch budget, legislators also approved an updated version of the judicial branch budget, transportation road plan, and transportation cabinet budget. All bills will be sent to Governor Andy Beshear for his consideration. The Governor has ten days to consider any vetoes he may wish to make, and legislators are scheduled to return to Frankfort to override vetoes and finish business on April 13.

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