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


Dan Fister's Biography

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I want to thank Commissioner Ryan Quarles for clearly stating the overall situation. No one “wants people to die” and as much as some may want to believe, it has nothing to do with Governor Beshear personally. The bottom line is we are a state (and nation) based on laws and there are procedures and processes already in place that need to be followed. The sad thing is you would think an attorney and former Attorney General of KY would understand that. #fister56 ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s important that we keep an eye on this situation at Quad. Many had lost their jobs before the sale and it’s not clear as to how things are going to work out yet. As one of our bigger employers in Woofdord Co, it will have an effect on us all. This also points to the need to expand and diversify our employment opportunities throughout the 56 District. #fister56QUAD/GRAPHICS has been sold to CJK Group of Minnesota, and the general counsel for the new owner said CJK Group will assume existing customer contracts – and none of the Quad employees working there when they took over will lose their jobs as a result of the sale. The story in this week's Sun includes information about pre-CJK Group job losses at Quad. (File photo by John McGary) ... See MoreSee Less

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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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