House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels represents the state’s 53rd district, located in Huntsville. During his first term, Daniels was elected to serve as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, becoming the youngest and first African American to hold the position.
Daniels was raised by his grandparents in rural Midway, Alabama a small community in Bullock County. They were sharecroppers on a former plantation but later purchased their own land in Midway. For generations, his family has planted on the same land and continued a proud legacy that began with his grandparents. Daniels credits his family and small-town roots for his strong drive and work ethic.
Daniels graduated cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education. He also completed a certification in education fundraising from Case at Dartmouth College in 2012.
The following year, Anthony was elected as chairman of the National Education Association (NEA) Student Program. After his term as chairman ended, Daniels returned to Alabama and taught for a number of years before running for office 2014.
Under his leadership, House Democrats are helping Alabama become more competitive in education and economic development. In 2015, Daniels was named Alabama State Legislator of the Year by the House Democratic Caucus.
Daniels continues to advocate for quality public education for all students. His legislative goals include passing a criminal justice reform package, increasing funding for pre-K, and expanding access to rural health care through Medicaid expansion.
Daniels owns and operates two small businesses with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels. He has two daughters, Madison and Abigail, and a son, Anthony.