|Kasich appoints Daniels to lead Ag Dept
COLUMBUS—Governor John R. Kasich today announced the appointment of
Sen. David Daniels (R-Greenfield) to serve as director of the Ohio
Department of Agriculture (ODA). Daniels has represented Ohio’s
17th Senate District since January 2011 and will submit his resignation
to the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. He is expected to be sworn in
and begin his duties as ODA director on Thursday, February 16.
Daniels replaces Jim Zehringer who Kasich appointed to lead the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources in November 2011. Chief of Animal
Health and State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey has served as interim
director of ODA since November and will resume his previously-held
duties upon Daniels’ swearing-in.
Daniels is a life-long farmer and, together with his father and uncle,
operated Daniels Brothers farm in Greenfield. Prior to his
election to the Ohio Senate in 2010, Daniels served eight years in the
Ohio House of Representatives and a total of 18 years in local
government as a Highland County commissioner, a Greenfield city
councilman, and the mayor of Greenfield.