Charlie Daniels is Arkansas’s 39th Auditor of State. He received over 70% of the vote in the November 2010 general election and is serving in his first term as Auditor. Daniels won his first statewide political race in 1984 when he was elected by popular vote as Commissioner of State Lands. After serving there for 18 years he ran for and was elected Secretary of State, where he served from 2003-2011.
Daniels first began his political career on the Parker’s Chapel School Board. He relocated to central Arkansas when then-Governor David Pryor appointed him Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor. He was re-appointed to that position by Bill Clinton during his first term as governor.
The Auditor of State is a member of the State Board of Finance and the administrator of Arkansas’s Unclaimed Property Act. As Auditor, Daniels also serves on the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System boards, as well as the Boards of Continuing Education for County and Circuit Clerks, County Treasurers and County Collectors.
Over the course of his career Daniels has been active in several professional public service organizations. Past chairmanship positions include the State Board of Election Commissioners, the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission, the Arkansas Natural Resources Committee and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. Daniels has also held various other leadership positions on the Western States Land Commissioners Association, the Eastern Land Resources Council and the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).
Daniels served in the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He attended both South Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1996 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Shorter College in North Little Rock.
A native of El Dorado in Union County, Daniels currently lives in Bryant, Arkansas. He was married to the late Patricia Ann Burleson Daniels for 46 years. He has two children, four grandsons, two granddaughters and one great-grandson.