Government Affairs Officer
John Daniel is Virginia ABC’s Government Affairs Officer (GAO). In this role, Daniel collaborates with and serves as an advisor to Virginia ABC’s Chief Executive Officer and executive team members through the analysis and interpretation of laws and government policies, considering their potential impact to the authority. Daniel manages the authority’s Hearings Division, the Legal Liaison Office and the Legislative and Fiscal Policy Officer. Daniel acts as a liaison between the Virginia General Assembly and the authority. He advises on internal policies, plans and programs to ensure consistency with corresponding government regulations and laws.
Prior to joining ABC, Daniel served as a Deputy Attorney General for Virginia where, among other things, he supervised the legal services provided to ABC. He began his career with the Division of Legislative Services and the Office of the Attorney General and has also served as Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Most notably, in 1986, Daniel was appointed by then-Gov. Gerald Baliles as the Commonwealth’s first Secretary of Natural Resources.
Following that, Daniel transitioned into the private sector, working for several law firms including McGuireWoods where he worked for nearly a decade, serving as counsel and later being named partner. He subsequently worked as a partner at Mays, Valentine (now Troutman Sanders) and also at Williams Mullen. During his time in the private sector, Daniel represented Virginia ABC licensees at hearings before the agency’s board.
Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond.