R. Wendell Bailey ( born July 30, 1940 in Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri) is an American politician. Between 1981 and 1983 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Wendell Bailey attended the Willow Springs High School and then studied until 1962 at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield Business Administration. In the following years he worked as a car dealer. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. Between 1969 and 1971 he sat on the city council of Willow Springs; then he served until 1972 as mayor of this place.
From 1972 to 1980, Bailey MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1980 he was in the eighth election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard Howard Ichord on January 3, 1981. Since he has not been confirmed in 1982, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1983.
Between 1985 and 1993, Bailey was Finance Minister of the State of Missouri. In 1992, he competed unsuccessfully in the primaries for the nomination of his party as the leading candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial election; in 2000 he ran again without success for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. In 2006 he worked for the Small Business Administration in Kansas City.