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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2013 Inductee

Frank Fahrenkopf

Frank Fahrenkopf

Industry Leader


Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. founded, and for nearly two decades piloted, the commercial casino industry’s leading trade association–the AGA–helping the industry establish a significant presence in Washington, D.C. When the AGA was created, the perception of the gaming industry in Washington and throughout much of the country was based more on myth than reality, and under Fahrenkopf’s leadership, the organization fostered a better understanding of the industry by the general public, the media, elected officials and other decision makers.

Some of the AGA’s key accomplishments during Fahrenkopf’s tenure include the positive findings and recommendations of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the establishment and good works of the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the worldwide success of industry trade shows Global Gaming Expo and G2E Asia. The creation and adoption of an industrywide code of conduct for responsible gaming, creation of the AGA Diversity Task Force to promote diversity in industry hiring and procurement, the recent establishment of the Global Gaming Women program and leadership in the pursuit of intelligent regulatory reform also are key successes.

Fahrenkopf was the chairman of the Republication National Committee for six of Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House and led the party through successful presidential elections in 1984 and 1988. He continues to serve as co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years.​


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