Dave Yost

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Dave Yost
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Ohio Auditor of State
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 3
PredecessorMary Taylor (R)
Base salary$109,985
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$1,795,820
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Delaware County’s Prosecuting Attorney
2003 - 2010
Delaware County Auditor
1999 - 2003
Bachelor'sThe Ohio State University
J.D.Capital University Law School (1991)
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Dave Yost is the current Republican Ohio Auditor of State. He was first elected in 2010, and took office as the state's 32rd auditor of state on January 10, 2011.[1]
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Yost ran for re-election. Dave Yost won the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Yost began his career as a journalist with the Columbus Citizen-Journal. He went on to serve in senior positions with the administrations of Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart and Ohio Governor George Voinovich.

After earning his law degree in 1991, Yost became an attorney in private practice. In 1999, he was appointed as Delaware County Auditor and elected to the position in 2000. Yost became Prosecuting Attorney for Delaware County in 2003, serving in the position until 2010.[1]


  • B.A. in journalism, The Ohio State University
  • J.D., Capital University Law School

Political career

Ohio Auditor of State (2011-present)

Yost has served as Ohio Auditor of State since January 2011. He won re-election in November 2014.

School audits

In January 2014, it was reported that there were 11 public entities considered under Ohio law to be “unauditable,” which included two community schools and several townships throughout the years between 2010 and 2013. Yost’s chief deputy officer, Bob Hinkle, spearheaded an audit of the two school districts.[3] One school, Greater Heights Academy had four years of unauditable books from 2006 through 2009. Four individuals associated with the school were indicted in November 2013 for wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money for defrauding the school of more than $400,000. Another school, Lion of Judah, had its principal indicted in February 2013 for illegally funneling $1.2 million of public funds to a private business run by the principal, while the school’s former treasurer received a prison term of 2 years for the theft of federal education funds.[3] Hinkle said in January 2014 that both schools were closed. Hinkle also supported reform. "If their office is declared unauditable, hopefully the next time they stand for election, they won’t be re-elected or put back into office," he said in an interview. "And if they’re appointed, my hope would be that the board that governs their activity would put people in place who can do what they need to do."[3]


In 2011, the Ohio State Legislature passed legislation creating JobsOhio, a private non-profit economic development firm tasked with attracting businesses to the state. A major source of funding for the firm is the $100 million in profits that come from the state's liquor operations. Prior to the creation of JobsOhio, those profits went to the state's general fund. The legislation creating the organization allows for a yearly audit by a private auditor, but controversy arose as the $100 million was previously public money.[4]

In March 2013, Yost, arguing he had the authority to audit the money, subpoenaed the company's records. In response, Gov. John Kasich (R) and the legislature rushed through legislation that stated the liquor money is legally private money and does not fall under a public audit. Yost, who said he would not have supported the original legislation, sent lawmakers a letter on March 19, stating, “I urge you to tread cautiously. While there have been no indications of misdealing, the potential for self-dealing or other mischief exists sometime in the future. This office’s audit will help protect against the real possibility of human failings."[5]

The issue of the private/public status of JobsOhio was before the state Supreme Court. Lawyers on both sides of the suit addressed the court on November 6, 2013.[6] A bipartisan group made up of Democratic lawmakers, progressive activists and conservative lawyers sought to have the money publicly audited, arguing that it was unconstitutional for public money to be invested in private companies without public oversight. The state, meanwhile, argued that the plaintiffs do not have standing to sue.[7]

On June 10, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state in a 5-2 decision. The ruling stated that the activists who brought the lawsuit against JobsOhio did not have standing and lacked a "personal stake" in the case.[8]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dave Yost endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Delaware County Auditor (1999-2003)

Yost served as Auditor of Delaware County from 1999 to 2003.



See also: Ohio down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Yost ran for re-election. Yost won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on May 6, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Ohio Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Yost Incumbent 57% 1,711,927
     Democratic John Patrick Carney 38.3% 1,149,305
     Libertarian Bob Bridges 4.8% 143,363
Total Votes 3,004,595
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.


Yost won election as Ohio Auditor of State on November 2, 2010, defeating Democrat David Pepper and Libertarian L. Michael Howard.

Ohio Auditor of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Yost 50.2% 1,882,010
     Democratic David Pepper 44.9% 1,683,330
     Libertarian L. Michael Howard 4.9% 182,534
Total Votes 3,747,874
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yost is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yost raised a total of $1,795,820 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[10]

Dave Yost's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio Auditor Not up for election $516,731
2010 Ohio Auditor Won $1,279,089
Grand Total Raised $1,795,820


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Yost and his wife, Darlene, live in Delaware County. They have three children and one grandchild.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Taylor (R)
Ohio Auditor of State
Succeeded by