Annie E. McDaniel was born and raised in Fairfield County, SC.
Her education began in Fairfield County’s public schools. Ms McDaniel then earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting at UofSC. She later returned for a Master’s in public administration. Ms McDaniel completed two PhD education administration courses in finance, and in 1992 she received certification as an SC Government Finance Officer.
In 2018 Ms McDaniel was elected to the SC General Assembly House District 41 as the first African American woman and the first African American since reconstruction. During her first year in office, she was the first member to pass a bill. She currently serves on the Education and Public Works Committee and the Operations and Management Committee. She previously served on the COVID-19 Employment, Workforce, and Business Recovery Committee; as well as the Medical, Military, Public, and Municipal Affairs Committee.
Ms McDaniel is a member of several caucuses including House Democrats, Women, Small Business, Military, Black (serving as treasurer), and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (serving on the Economic Development Committee). She is a member of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, SC Democratic Party Executive Committee, Fairfield County NAACP Branch Executive Committee, Member of Women’s Action for New Direction, State Director of National Foundation for Women Legislators, and State Director of National Women in Government.
From 2000-2018, Ms McDaniel was an elected official of the Fairfield County School District Board of Trustees where she served as Board Chair, Secretary, Finance Committee Chair, Student Hearing Committee Member, and Delegate to the SC School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. She was elected to the SCSBA Board of Directors for Region 12.
She is a Life Member of NCNW, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., UofSC Alumni Association, and the NAACP.
Ms McDaniel is an SC Economic Development Institute 2021 Graduate, SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health 2019 Health Policy Fellow, past president of the SC Association of Government Finance Officers, and has completed Leadership SC and Leadership Fairfield. She held leadership positions with the Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, including Parliamentarian, Financial Secretary and Treasurer. At the regional level of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority positions held include SC Social Action Chair and SC State Coordinator.
She has also awarded the Mary Kennedy McDaniel First Generation Scholarship (funded personally) to a deserving high school student pursuing higher education.