William Daniel (Louisiana politician)

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William Buchanan
Daniel, IV

Louisiana State Representative for
District 68 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
In office
January 1996 – January 2008
Preceded by Sean Reilly
Succeeded by Steven Carter

Born November 6, 1955
Wharton, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent
Spouse(s) Lynda Hiltz Daniel
Children Five children
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana State University

University of Tulsa

Occupation Petroleum engineer
Religion Episcopalian

William Buchanan Daniel, IV (born November 6, 1955), is a petroleum engineer and businessman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[1] who is a former state representative for District 68 in East Baton Rouge Parish.. He served as a Democrat from 1996 to 2005 and as a Republican from 2005 to 2008.[2] In May 2015, he was listed as a registered Independent voter by the then Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler.[3]


Daniel was born in Wharton, near Houston in southeastern Texas. In 1978, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He subsequently obtained Master of Science degrees in petroleum engineering and environmental studies from LSU. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1994 to 1999, he was a research associate at the LSU Center for Energy Studies. Since 1999, he has been president of C-K Associates. He is a member of the Society for Petroleum Engineers.[1]

He has served on the boards of both Baton Rouge Community College and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. In 1997, he graduated from the program "Leadership Louisiana" sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana. He is an Episcopalian. He and his wife, the former Lynda Hiltz, have five children.[1]

Political life

Daniel was elected to the state House of Representatives in the 1995 general election over Republican Sandra Bologna Ribes, 9,224 votes (52.9 percent) to 8,973 (47.1 percent). The seat was vacated by the Democrat Sean Reilly]], son of former Representative Kevin Reilly. Daniel and Ribes had led six other candidates in the nonpartisan blanket primary held a month earlier and hence entered the second round of balloting.[4] In 1999, Daniel won a second term with 87 percent of the vote over an Independent candidate, Glenda Natale.[5] In 2003, Daniel ran without opposition. In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the primary for the Baton Rouge Mayor-President consolidated position. He finished third with 27,662 votes (24.6 percent). Victory went to the African-American Democrat Kip Holden, whom Daniel endorsed in the general election. Holden was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in the primary held on October 24, 2015 . [6]

As a legislator, Daniel was rated 57 to 63 percent by the American Civil Liberties Union, 38 to 43 percent by the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, 75 percent by Planned Parenthood 82 percent from the Humane Society, 89 to 100 percent by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and 71 percent by the National Federation of Independent Business.[7]

In his last two years in office, Daniel voted for a pay increase for statewide elected officials. He voted to increase liability insurance rates. He opposed revisions to the state building code. He voted for restrictions on all-terrain vehicles, but the measure died on a 50-50 vote in the House, with five other members not voting. He was among only sixteen House members to vote against the measure, signed into law by Governor Kathleen Blanco, which requires women considering an abortion be provided complete information regarding the availability of anesthesia needed for fetal pain. He voted against a gift ban on elected officials in regard to sporting and cultural events. Daniel voted against a proposed ban on the use of cell phones while driving; the measure failed, 43-48. He voted against restricting the number of passengers who can ride with a teen-aged driver.[8]

In 2007, three Republicans but no Democrats entered the House District 68 race to choose a successor to Daniel. Lobbyist Kyle Ardoin, the current Louisiana Secretary of State and a Republican-turned-Democrat-returned-Republican, led the field with 5,531 votes (41 percent) to Steve Carter's 5,242 (38.9 percent). Jay Lyles received the remaining 2,705 votes (20 percent)s.[9] In the second balloting on November 17, which had a lower turnout because of the lack of a gubernatorial contest, Carter prevailed by 87 votes, 4,967 (50.4 percent) to Ardoin's 4,880 (49.6 percent).[10]

After Daniel left the legislature, Mayor Holden named him to the six-month interim position as director of public works.[11] However, Daniel stayed at public works for the full second term of Mayor Holden. In 2012, Holden elevated Daniel to his chief administrative officer.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 William Daniel, IV's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: East Baton Rouge Parish. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  3. William Daniel, November 1955. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on May 22, 2015.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 18, 1995.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 23, 1999.
  6. Kip Holden. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  7. William Daniel, IV's Ratings and Endorsements. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  8. William Daniel, IV's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  9. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 20, 2007.
  10. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 17, 2007.
  11. Holden Makes Two Big Appointments. WAFB-TV (December 8, 2004). Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  12. Mayor Holden Names David Guillory Interim DPW Director. facebook.com (August 13, 2012). Retrieved on October 5, 2020.