Anthony J. "Tony" Hope, the son of late entertainer Bob Hope and former head of the National Indian Gaming Commission, died on Monday, June 28, 2004, in Washington, D.C. He was 63. In 1986, Tony Hope entered the California congressional race to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Bobbi Fiedler, R-Northridge. He was upset in the primary by little known Simi Valley Mayor Elton Gallegly, who went on to win the general election. Before his congressional bid, Hope had served on two presidential commissions: President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Grace Commission, which was formed to find waste and fraud in the federal government; and President Gerald Ford appointed him to the Overseas Investment Corp. President Jimmy Carter later named him to the Government Management Improvement Council and President George H.W. Bush appointed him chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, where he served through five years of the Clinton administration.
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