Dave Yost

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Dave Yost
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51st Attorney General of Ohio
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Governor Mike DeWine
Preceded by Mike DeWine
32nd Auditor of Ohio
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 12, 2019
Governor John Kasich
Preceded by Mary Taylor
Succeeded by Keith Faber
Personal details
Born (1956-12-22) December 22, 1956 (age 63)
Political party Republican
Education Ohio State University (BA)
Capital University (JD)

David Anthony Yost (born December 22, 1956) is an American lawyer who currently serves as the 51st Attorney General of Ohio. He previously held the positions of Ohio Auditor of State, Delaware County Auditor from 1999 to 2003 and County Prosecutor from 2003 to 2011.[citation needed]

Family, education and early career

Dave Yost graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. degree in Journalism. He became a journalist with the Columbus Citizen-Journal.[citation needed] He went on to serve in senior positions within the administrations of Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart and Ohio Governor George Voinovich.[citation needed] He then earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.

Yost was appointed Delaware County Auditor in 1999.[1] In 2003, he became the Delaware County Prosecutor.[2] Attorney General Yost and his wife Darlene live in Franklin County. They have three children and three grandchildren.[citation needed]

Antitrust investigations into big tech

In September 2019 Yost was one out of nine State Attorney Generals that launched an antitrust investigation into Facebook & Google, to see if they were stifling the competition in their respective fields.[3][4]

Electoral history

Yost was elected Ohio's 32nd state auditor in November 2010.[5] In January 2017 he announced he was running for Ohio Attorney General in 2018.[6]

Ohio Auditor Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Yost 457,820 64.88
Republican Seth Morgan 247,848 35.12
Ohio Auditor Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Yost 1,882,010 50.22
Democratic David Pepper 1,683,330 44.91
Libertarian Michael Howard 182,534 4.87
Ohio Auditor Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Yost (inc.) 1,711,927 56.98
Democratic John Patrick Carney 1,149,305 38.25
Libertarian Bob Bridges 143,363 4.77
Ohio Attorney General Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Yost 2,272,440 52.16
Democratic Steve Dettelbach 2,084,593 47.84


  1. ^ "Ohio Auditor Dave Yost Lincoln Day Dinner Speaker in Cambridge". www.toledoblade.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Naymik, Mark (January 25, 2010). "Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost leaves Ohio attorney general race for auditor's race". Cleveland "Plain Dealer".
  3. ^ Ingles, Jo. "Ohio Lawmakers Support Yost in Investigation of Facebook and Google". www.wksu.org. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "State Attorneys General Want To Know If Facebook And Google Are Too Big". NPR.org. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Republican David Yost defeats Pepper for Ohio auditor". www.toledoblade.com. Toledo Blade. March 11, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (January 24, 2017). "Ohio Auditor Dave Yost launches attorney general bid". cleveland.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Taylor
Auditor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Keith Faber
Legal offices
Preceded by
Mike DeWine
Attorney General of Ohio
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