Current Position: Attorney General since 2018
Candidate: 2022 Attorney General
Ohio’s 51st Attorney General, Dave Yost was sworn into office January 14, 2019, bringing with him extensive experience rooting out corruption and fraud, and fighting for increased government accountability and transparency.
Before being elected Attorney General in November 2018, Yost served as Ohio’s 32nd Auditor of State. As Auditor, Yost’s public corruption investigations resulted in more than 170 criminal convictions, and he found more than $260 million in potential taxpayer savings.
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Yost previously served for eight years as the elected Prosecutor for Delaware County, winning the first capital murder case in the county’s history and taking down the county’s largest drug ring. He stood with the victims of crime, from women and children harmed by predators to law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.
Dave Yost began his career as an award-winning newspaper reporter for the Columbus Citizen-Journal, and later practiced law with Burkam, Yost & Fuller in Delaware, before serving on city council and becoming the county Auditor.
Dave Yost has spent his life looking for truth and fighting for justice. As Attorney General, he will continue this pursuit, fighting to protect Ohio families, and combating our state’s opioid epidemic.
He and his wife, Darlene, make their home in Franklin County, and have three grown children and four grandchildren. When not in the arena, Dave makes music with his children and friends, watches Buckeye football and resists the urge to eat peanut butter ice cream.
David Anthony Yost (born December 22, 1956) is an American politician, Republican, and lawyer who currently serves as the 51st Attorney General of Ohio.
Education and career
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Yost became a journalist with the Columbus Citizen-Journal. He later served in senior positions within the administration of Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart and Ohio Governor George Voinovich. Yost was appointed Delaware County Auditor in 1999. In 2003, he became the Delaware County Prosecutor.
In September 2019, Yost was one out of nine state attorneys general that launched an antitrust investigation into Facebook and Google, to investigate whether or not they were stifling competition in their respective fields.
Following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, Yost filed a successful motion to dissolve the injunction on Ohio’s six-week abortion ban. On June 24, 2022, Yost tweeted that “The Heartbeat Bill is now the law.” He released a video statement on YouTube the same day in which he said, “This decision returns abortion policy to the place it has always belonged: to the elected policies branches of the governments.”
Yost’s son and daughter-in-law publicly criticized his actions in messages on Facebook on June 24 and 25, the former saying, “[T]he lack of pro choice is blatantly against what this country says it is on its banners and documents. The land of the free doesn’t seem so free right now.”
On June 30, 2022, shortly after the ban became effective, a 10-year-old rape victim who was “six weeks and three days” pregnant traveled from the Columbus area to Indianapolis, Indiana, to get an abortion to avoid carrying her rapist’s child. The incident was widely reported, beginning with an article in the Indianapolis Star newspaper on July 1, and was mentioned by President Joe Biden on July 8, 2022, in comments at the White House. On July 11, Yost disputed the report, saying that neither his office or the state crime lab had any information on the matter, and that his staff had heard “not a whisper” about it; in an interview on July 12, Yost said it was “more likely that this is a fabrication”. That day, the report was confirmed by the Columbus Division of Police and a rape suspect was arrested.
On July 14, Yost’s office shared a backgrounder with media and on Twitter which listed specific exceptions contained in Ohio’s “Heartbeat Law”, and suggested, as had Yost in interviews on July 11, that the 10-year-old girl would have been able to obtain a legal abortion under those exceptions. The Ohio Legislative Commission said that nothing in the language of the law explicitly includes the age of the person seeking an abortion as a qualification for exception, and that it was unclear whether the girl would have qualified for a legal abortion. The following week, Yost rejected calls from the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and others for his resignation.
After Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, Yost filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of the Trump campaign’s attempt to invalidate ballots cast in Pennsylvania. However, in December 2020, Yost opposed a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton which sought to subvert the presidential election results and prevent Biden from being certified as the winner.
|Ohio Auditor Republican Primary Election, 2010|
|Ohio Auditor Election, 2010|
|Ohio Auditor Election, 2014|
|Republican||Dave Yost (inc.)||1,711,927||56.98|
|Democratic||John Patrick Carney||1,149,305||38.25|
|Ohio Attorney General Election, 2018|
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