Senator David Daniels will be serving as the new director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
“The governor believes that agriculture is the foundation of the state and so do I,” Daniels said. “I pledge to you I will
do my best every day to promote Ohio agriculture. I look forward to being your next Director of Agriculture.”
Gov. John Kasich appointed State Senator Daniels to replace state veterinarian Tony Forshey, the interim director who had filled in since Nov. 15 when Jim Zehringer was appointed the director of the Department of Natural Resources. Daniels is expected to be sworn in and begin his duties as ODA director on Thursday, February 16.
Following four successful terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, Daniels was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2010 to serve the families of the 17th Ohio Senate District, which includes Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Ross, Vinton and portions of Lawrence and Pickaway counties. Senator Daniels brings the perspective of a family farmer, small businessman and local government official to his work in Columbus, where he has fought against unnecessary red tape and regulations and to foster a healthy business climate to create new opportunities for jobs.
Daniels was born and raised in Greenfield, Ohio where he and he and his father managed the Daniels Brothers farm. It is also where Senator Daniels began his career in public service. Prior to being elected to the Ohio General Assembly, Senator Daniels served four years on the Greenfield City Council and eight as Mayor. He also served as a Highland County Commissioner for six years.
For his commitment to fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, Daniels has been recognized as a Watchdog of the Treasury four times. He was also named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Career and Technical Education Association and earned the Friend of OSU Extension designation in 2004.
Daniels is a graduate of McClain High School and the Laurel Oaks Farm Management Program. He stays active in his community as an Eagle Scout and a member of several organizations such as the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He continues to live in Greenfield with his wife Karen. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Ty Higgins and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discuss the appointment of Daniels from Ag Day at The Capitol.