District 2 Wheat (Whitman)
Gary Bailey is a St. John-area wheat grower representing Whitman County, the nation’s leading wheat producing county.
Gary grew up in the town of St. John and received his bachelor’s degree in business and agriculture from the University of Idaho. He worked for the company now called AgWest Farm Credit before returning to the family farm, LM Farms JV, in 1989 as his father transitioned into retirement. He raises winter wheat, spring wheat, and barley with his brother Mark and niece Erin.
He serves on Washington State University’s Land Legacy Committee and the board of directors for St. John TelCo. Gary also serves on the U.S. Wheat Associates board of directors. Gary previously served on the Board of Directors for St. John Grain Growers, now Northwest Grain Growers, and served on the Local Advisory Committee for the Colfax branch of Northwest Farm Credit Services.
His wife, Linda Bailey, retired in 2020 as a senior director of development in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. The couple have three sons and eleven grandchildren.