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Robert Wendell Bailey[1][2] (born July 30, 1940) is an American politician from Missouri. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Business Administration and owned an automobile dealership in Willow Springs.

Wendell Bailey
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41st State Treasurer of Missouri
In office
January 14, 1985 – January 11, 1993
GovernorJohn Ashcroft
Preceded byMel Carnahan
Succeeded byBob Holden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byRichard Howard Ichord, Jr.
Succeeded byBill Emerson
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Robert Wendell Bailey

(1940-07-30) July 30, 1940 (age 79)
Willow Springs, Missouri
Political partyRepublican
Alma materSouthwest Missouri State University

After serving as mayor of his native Willow Springs, Bailey was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1972 and re-elected in 1974, 1976, and 1978. In 1980, Bailey was elected to the United States House of Representatives, but after the 1980 census Missouri lost one congressional district, and Bailey's 8th District was eliminated. The bulk of his district was merged with the neighboring 4th district of two-term Democrat Ike Skelton. Although Bailey lost, he held Skelton to 54 percent of the vote, which was notable considering Skelton retained 60 percent of his former territory.

In 1984 Bailey made a comeback and was elected Missouri State Treasurer; he was narrowly re-elected to this office in 1988 over future Missouri Governor Bob Holden. In 1992 Bailey made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Missouri, finishing third in the Republican primary behind then-Attorney General William L. Webster (who won the nomination) and then-Secretary of State Roy Blunt. Bailey cast himself as the only pro-choice candidate in the 1992 GOP governor's primary, whereas Webster and Blunt were both clearly pro-life.

Bailey narrowly lost the Republican primary for a seat in the Missouri Senate in 1996, but in 2000 Bailey captured the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, although he was defeated by Democrat Joe Maxwell in the general election. In 2006, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Bailey was working in the Kansas City, Missouri office of the Small Business Administration as a regional advocate representing Missouri and neighboring states Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.[3]


  1. ^ "SMS to Graduate Largest Class; Baccalaureate Services Tonight". Springfield Leader and Press. May 20, 1962. Retrieved July 26, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Bailey, R. Wendell (1940- )". United States Congress. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Mannies, Jo (February 5, 2006). "Lincoln Log: Wendell Bailey update". Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Howard Ichord Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Emerson
Political offices
Preceded by
Mel Carnahan
Missouri State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Bob Holden