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 4
PredecessorMary Taylor (R)
Base salary$109,985
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,795,820
Term limitsN/A
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
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.
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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 will be up for re-election in November 2014.


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 has arisen as the $100 million was previously public money.[2]

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."[3]

As of June 2013, the issue of the private/public status of JobsOhio is before the state Supreme Court. A bipartisan group made up of Democratic lawmakers, progressive activists and conservative lawyers is seeking to have the money publicly audited, arguing that it is unconstitutional for public money to be invested in private companies without public oversight. The state, meanwhile, argues that the plaintiffs do not have standing to sue.[4]

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. [5]

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 is eligible to run for re-election as Ohio Auditor of State in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.


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.[6]

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.

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