Chris McDaniel (Kentucky)

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Chris McDaniel
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Current candidacy
Running for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Current office
Kentucky State Senate District 23
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCovington Latin School
Bachelor'sThe Citadel (1997)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1997 – 2000
Place of birthCovington, Kentucky
Chris McDaniel is a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

McDaniel is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 election. He is the running mate of Republican candidate James Comer, who is the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.[1]

McDaniel's professional experience includes owning McD Concrete in Alexandria.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McDaniel served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations and Revenue
Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations
State and Local Government
Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection


Campaign themes

McDaniel's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Job Creation

  • Excerpt:"I realize that the only way to create jobs is to provide an environment where you can attract and retain businesses."


  • Excerpt:"Consequently, we must keep taxes low while maintaining a high level of services. To accomplish this, I will focus on reducing our corporate and personal tax rates."

Public Debt

  • Excerpt:" I will demand fiscal restraint from the State Senate and refuse to vote for new spending without ensuring that it is completely funded and that other areas of spending are cut."

Donor Region Status

  • Excerpt:"I will fight to ensure that we decrease the amount of our hard earned money that is being siphoned off by other regions so that we can more completely fund our infrastructure and our education system."


  • Excerpt:"In order to be successful in a global economy we must have a well trained and educated workforce. This extends from our primary schools through the universities and the technical colleges. The best way to do this is to permit local control of schools and to allow competition to be introduced into the education system whereby the best performing schools are permitted to succeed and the lower performing schools are forced to change or close their doors."



See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

McDaniel is running for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 2015. He is the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer.[1]


See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012

McDaniel won election in the 2012 election for Kentucky State Senate District 23. He defeated Will Terwort in the Republican primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated James Noll (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kentucky State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris McDaniel 60% 23,993
     Democratic James Noll 40% 16,010
Total Votes 40,003
Kentucky State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris McDaniel 62.1% 4,036
Will Terwort 37.9% 2,458
Total Votes 6,494

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McDaniel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McDaniel raised a total of $145,007 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[6]

Chris McDaniel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State Senate, District 23 Won $145,007
Grand Total Raised $145,007


McDaniel won election to the Kentucky State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McDaniel raised a total of $145,007.
Kentucky State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris McDaniel (Kentucky)'s campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte$13,000
Mcdaniel, Chris$3,079
Associated General Contractors$1,500
Kentucky Medical Association$1,250
Kentucky Concrete Industry$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$145,007
Source:Follow the Money



  • Kentucky Right to Life[7]
  • Former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning[2]


McDaniel and his wife have two children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Westwood (R)
Kentucky State Senate District 23
Succeeded by