Hall of Distinction Class of 2003-2004

William Daniel is a petroleum engineer in his third term as the State Representative for District 68 in Baton Rouge. He is a consultant with C-K Associates Environmental and Engineering Consulting, a firm with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lake Charles, and Houston.

He is an LSU graduate, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering Degree in 1978. He later received his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa in 1985.

Early in his career, William was an engineer in the oil and gas industry for Amoco Production Company based in Lafayette and New Orleans and working offshore. In 1981 he took a job with Samson Resources Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked in various capacities there, including Acquisitions Manager and District Engineer for the Arkoma Basin. In 1985 he co-founded D-PEX Operating Company in Tulsa and served as President and CEO. It became one of the leading independent oil and gas companies in Oklahoma, leading the state in drilling in 1988 and 1989.

In 1990 he sold D-PEX and moved back to Baton Rouge. He completed his master’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1994. In February, 1995, William took a position with the Center for Energy Studies at LSU as a research analyst studying projects related to energy and environmental issues. William received his Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from LSU in 1996.

In 1998 he became a partner in C-K Associates, Inc., an environmental and engineering company founded in 1981. William ran the company for several years as President and CEO, until selling his interest to his partners in 2001.

Despite having never run for political office, William ran for State Representative in 1995. From a field of eight candidates, he made the run-off and won the general election. He was re-elected in 1999 with 87% of the vote and in 2003 with no opposition. He is one of only four engineers in the legislature.

William is currently Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and serves on the Natural Resources, Retirement and Joint Capital Outlay Committees. He previously served for eight years on the Ways and Means Committee.

William has authored and co-authored many pieces of significant legislation during his service in the legislature including legislation to manage the groundwater in the state, to provide for merit pay for teachers, and to update technology on college campuses. He was one of the original authors of the TOPS legislation and later passed a TOPS accountability bill to track students in the program. He also authored Constitutional Amendment No.3 passed by the citizens in 2002 which provides for fair budget cuts in times of budget crises, protecting higher education from severe budget cuts.

Chosen as a Flemming Fellow in 1998, he participated in the Leadership Institute workshops of the Washington-based Center for Policy Alternatives. He is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Louisiana sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and a 1999 graduate of the Baton Rouge Chamber’s Leadership Baton Rouge.

William is Registered Professional Engineer, a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and LSU’s Petroleum Engineering Advisory Committee. He is a board member of the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, LSU’s African American Cultural Center, Volunteer Baton Rouge, and the Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center.

He is married to the former Lynda Hiltz, and they have five children: Robyn, Willy V, Alex, Sean and Rayne. The Daniels are members of Trinity Episcopal Church where William teaches Sunday School and is a member of the Vestry.