Tony P. Hall (D) began his career in Ohio public service when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1969. He served then-District 87, which was made up of Mercer, Preble & Darke Counties. He won election to the Ohio Senate in 1973 and represented the Dayton area in the 6th District until 1979. In 1974, Hall ran for Secretary of State and lost against Republican incumbent Ted W. Brown. Hall was elected into Congress in 1978 and served the 3rd Congressional district for 24 years, longer than any other previous U.S. Representative serving Dayton. His primary focus throughout his tenure in Congress was the issue of world hunger. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Hall to become the 7th United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. He served in this position until April 2006. Hall was nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.