Randy Daniels: American Politician Who Served as the 61st Secretary of State for New York

Randy Daniels American Politician Who Served as the 61st Secretary of State for New York
Randy Allen Daniels biography


Randy Allen Daniels is a politician and journalist who served as New York’s 61st Secretary of State. Daniels was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. His mother was a Mississippi seamstress, while his father was an Arkansas dry cleaner. Daniels went to local schools as well as Southern Illinois University. Daniels began working as a reporter for WVON radio in Chicago in 1970 to support himself while attending college, before becoming a reporter for CBS news Chicago in 1972.


Daniels graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BA in Government and Journalism in 1973. From 1977 until 1980, he worked as a correspondent for CBS News and later became the company’s Africa Bureau Chief, covering Nairobi, Kenya. Daniels moved to New York City in 1980 and worked for CBS News as a national correspondent until 1982. Daniels worked as the Managing Director of Jacaranda Nigerian Limited, a training program for Nigerian television, for two years before becoming an adjunct journalism professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and City College of New York.

Daniels began her career in politics in 1986 as the director of communications for the office of New York City Council President Andrew Stein. He held the position until 1988, when he became press secretary to the newly formed Commonwealth of the Bahamas’ first Prime Minister, Lynden Pindling, until 1992.

Daniels served on numerous committees and boards over the next several years, but in 1997, he was appointed to the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees by then-New York Governor Elmer Pataki. Until 1999, Daniels was also Senior Vice President and Deputy Commissioner of Economic Revitalization at the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). He then worked as the Senior Vice President of Canyon Johnson Urban Fund L.L.P., a real estate equity fund company, until April 2001.

Daniels served as Deputy Mayor of New York under Mayor David Dinkins before being appointed as the 61st Secretary of State of New York by Governor George Pataki on May 6, 2001. Following Basil Paterson, he was the second African American to occupy the office (1979-1983). Although Daniels began his political career as a Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party in 2002.

He served as Secretary of State until 2005, when he resigned to launch an unsuccessful run for Governor of New York in 2006. Daniels served as Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities Incorporated from 2007 to 2015, and has since moved on to become Managing Director of Pickwick Capital Partners, LLC and Director of SouthWest Water Company in Texas. He and his wife, New York State Judge Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, live in New York.



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