Dave Yost

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Dave Yost is the auditor for the state of Ohio,[1] winning the election in November 2010.[2] He was the prosecuting attorney for Delaware County. He also served as the county's auditor from 1999 to 2003.


Yost earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.[3]

Early career[edit]

Prior to public service, Dave practiced law in the private sector. He previously served in senior positions for the Ohio Governor's Office[citation needed] and the Columbus Mayor's Office[citation needed] after working as an award-winning[citation needed] journalist for the Columbus Citizen-Journal newspaper.[1]


As Delaware County Auditor, Yost won several government finance awards during his term, including the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting four times from the Government Finance Officers Association.[citation needed] In 2003, as a county prosecutor, he won[citation needed] the conviction of double-murderer Gerald Hand, the first capital murder case in Delaware County in recent memory.[4] Yost also prosecuted the largest drug ring in Delaware County history.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s, Yost played guitar in a rock and roll band known as the "Pink Flamingos."[3] This background may contribute to a propensity to break out in song at political events. At an Ohio delegation breakfast during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa in late August 2012, Yost commandeered the microphone and piano to play and sing along to The Eagles' "Desperado," dedicating the somber tune to Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat.[5] At a 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign event in Dayton, Ohio in September 2012, Yost led the crowd in performing Queen's iconic classic "We Will Rock You" using the phrase "We love, we love, Romney."[6]

Dave currently lives in Franklin County with his wife, Darlene. They have three children and two grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "About Auditor of State Dave Yost". Auditor.state.oh.us. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Republican David Yost defeats Pepper for Ohio auditor". Toledo Blade. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Tea Party test could come in auditor’s race". Springfield News-Sun. April 25, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tobias, Andrew (April 28, 2011). "Killer's arguments initially rejected". Delaware (Ohio) Gazette. [dead link]
  5. ^ Gomez, Henry (June 4, 2013). "Dave Yost, 'Desperado' revisited (video)". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Candisky, Catherine (September 26, 2012). "Awkward". "Daily Briefing", The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
Preceded by
Mary Taylor
Ohio State Auditor