Lawmaker, farmer named Ohio agriculture director


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A state senator and longtime farmer will be the new director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is appointing Republican Sen. David Daniels of Greenfield to the position. Daniels was expected to submit his Senate resignation Wednesday and begin his new role Thursday.

The position would give Daniels a key role in coordinating with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on possible new exotic animal regulations. He'll also be among the agency directors advising Kasich on developing Ohio's oil and gas industry.

Daniels previously served as a state representative, county commissioner, city councilman and mayor. He was elected to the Senate in 2010.

He replaces Jim Zehringer, who was appointed last year as head of ODNR. The state veterinarian has acted as the interim agriculture director.

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