Calhoun County Democrats are proud to announce that House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels Jr, will give us an update on the current legislative session on Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 pm. If we have your email address - you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting. If we do not have your info and you'd like to join us - email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Please SHARE and invite your friends. Read more about Leader Daniels below.
House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels Jr. is in his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives representing the 53rd district, located in the Huntsville area. Rep. Daniels has served as minority leader since 2017, the youngest and first African American to hold the position. Under his leadership, House Democrats successfully fought for and passed multiple measures to make the state more competitive in areas from education to economic development.
After growing up in Midway, AL, Daniels graduated cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2005. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in special education, also from Alabama A&M University, and completed a certification in education fundraising from Dartmouth College in 2012.
The following year, Daniels became the first African American to be elected chairman of the National Education Association (NEA) Student Program in Washington, D.C., and acted as a leading voice on issues of college access and affordability at the national level. He went on to hold teaching positions at several Alabama elementary schools and worked as a corporate and foundations relations officer at his alma mater.
Daniels successfully ran for the Alabama State House of Representatives in 2014, vowing to increase support for public schools and early childhood education, rebuild Alabama’s workforce, ensure access to healthcare for all Alabamians, and grow businesses, technology, and services in rural areas.
In 2018, Daniels sponsored a bill to create the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE), a new state magnet school located in Huntsville. ASCTE develops gifted Alabama students from grades 7-12 into a young workforce skilled at creating innovative technology for strong, secure cyber networks. Daniels maintains a seat on the school’s Board of Trustees.
Daniels also serves on the board of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to professional development for our nation's current and future legislative leaders. In 2019, Daniels was selected as a Delegate to the Academy of Achievement. He is also a board member of the One Country Project, which addresses issues that impact rural America, and a board member to the Global Forum Advisory council, which serves as a gathering place to provide support to youth and emerging activists.
Daniels is active in his community as a member of the Downtown Huntsville Rotary Club and the Huntsville Country Club. He received the 2016 Business Champion Award from the Business Council of Alabama and is one of 14 leaders from across the country selected to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders working to enact pro-growth, progressive solutions.
Daniels currently serves on the House Rules, Insurance, and Education Policy committees, as well as the P3 Steering Committee, a taskforce established by Alabama’s Secretary of Early Childhood to advocate for pre-K and early childhood education.
Daniels is a small business owner along with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels. They have two daughters, Madison and Abigail, and a son, Anthony.