Charlie Daniels (politician)

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Charlie Daniels
Arkansas State Auditor
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 2015
GovernorAsa Hutchinson
Preceded byJim Wood
Succeeded byAndrea Lea
Arkansas Secretary of State
In office
GovernorMike Huckabee
Mike Beebe
Preceded bySharon Priest
Succeeded byMark R. Martin
Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands
In office
GovernorBill Clinton
Jim Guy Tucker
Mike Huckabee
Preceded byW.J. "Bill" McCuen
Succeeded byMark Wilcox
Personal details
Born (1939-12-07) December 7, 1939 (age 79)
Parker's Chapel, Arkansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Patricia Ann Burleson Daniels
ResidenceBryant, Arkansas

Charlie Daniels (born December 7, 1939) is an American Democratic Party politician from Arkansas. He was the State Auditor of Arkansas from 2011 to 2015 and previously served as Arkansas Secretary of State, and as Commissioner of State Lands.

Early life and career[edit]

Charlie Daniels was born in the Union County, Arkansas community of Parker's Chapel, and grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas. He served in the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. Daniels attended Southern Arkansas University, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He began his political career as a member of the Parker's Chapel school board from 1972 to 1974. From 1974 to 1980, he served as Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor in the Cabinet of Governor David Pryor until 1979, and was retained in that post for a year under Governor Bill Clinton. He served as director of government affairs for the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation from 1980 to 1984.[1]

Statewide offices[edit]

In 1984, he was elected as Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, and was subsequently re-elected to four-year terms in 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998. He was elected as the 32nd Arkansas Secretary of State in 2002, defeating the Republican Party nominee, Janet Huckabee, the wife of then-Governor Mike Huckabee, and was re-elected in 2006.[2]

In 2010 he ran for State Auditor, opposed only by Green Party candidate Mary Hughes-Willis. He won the election and took office in January 2011.

Daniels announced in 2013 that he would not seek re-election in the 2014 elections.[3] Hoping to succeed him were Republican State Representative Andrea Lea, Democrat Regina Stewart Hampton and Libertarian Brian Leach. Lea won the election and took office as the next Auditor in January 2015.

Personal life[edit]

A widower, he was married to Patricia Ann Burleson Daniels for 46 years. He has two children, four grandsons, two granddaughters and one great-grandson.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Arkansas Auditor of State's biography
  2. ^ Arkansas Business Staff (May 6, 2013), After 28 Years in Elected Office, Charlie Daniels Won't Seek Re-Election, Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Business Publishing Group
  3. ^ "Max Brantley, Andrea Lea joins GOP race for state auditor, July 2, 2013". Arkansas Times. Retrieved January 1, 2014.