Senator Dan Hays was born in Calgary on April 24, 1939, and was raised on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Calgary in what is now a suburb called Haysboro. He was awarded an arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1962 and then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Toronto. In 1966, he joined the Calgary law firm of Macleod Dixon, and has since remained an associate. Senator Hays has been involved in the cattle breeding industry since 1957 and continues to maintain a small herd of Hays Converters.
In 1984, he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau. During his parliamentary career, Senator Hays served on a number of Senate Committees, as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry from 1986 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1995, and also as Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources from 1989 to 1993. In 1999, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and in 2001, Prime Minister Chrétien appointed him Speaker of the Senate. On February 1, 2006, Senator Hays was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and in April 2006, Chair of the Special Committee on Senate Reform. On June 30, 2007, Senator Hays retired before reaching the mandatory retirement age.
Senator Hays' website can be accessed here