Steve McDaniel grew up in Henderson County, Tennessee, and is a graduate of the University of Memphis. Steve has been a small business owner for the past 30 years and was President of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce for two terms. In addition, he has had a long and distinguished career as a public servant. Currently, he is the City Manager for the City of Parkers Crossroads and has been a member of the Tennessee General Assembly representing House District 72 since 1988. In this capacity he was elected by his colleagues to serve in the Republican leadership, serving two terms as Caucus Chairman and three terms as House Minority Leader. Steve currently serves as Deputy Speaker. Steve has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the UDC’s Jefferson Davis Award; the SCV’s Robert E. Lee Award for Heritage Preservation and its Distinguished Service Medal; the Dr. Frank Vandiver Award presented by the Houston Civil War Roundtable in Houston, Texas; and the Civil War Trust’s State Leadership Award in 2002.
Very supportive of battlefield preservation efforts in Tennessee, Steve served four terms as President of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He was appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which is planning for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Steve is past president of the Henderson County Historical Society. He also served as the first president of the Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association when organized in 1993 and currently serves the position of historian.