EX-24 2 attachment_1.htm

Know all by these presents that I, DWIGHT E. SMITH, do hereby

appoint MELISSA A. CENTERS, my true and lawful attorney-in-fact to:

(1) Prepare, execute in my name and on my behalf, and submit to the

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) a Form ID,

including amendments thereto, and any other documents necessary or

appropriate to obtain codes and passwords enabling me to make

electronic filings with the SEC of reports required by Section 16(a)

of the Securities Act of 1934 or any rule or regulation of the SEC;

(2) Execute for me and on my behalf, in my capacity as an officer

and/or director of State Auto Financial Corporation (the Company),

Forms 3, 4, and 5 in accordance with Section 16(a) of the Securities

Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules thereunder;

(3) Do and perform any and all acts for me and on my behalf which

may be necessary or desirable to complete and execute any such

Form 3, 4, or 5, complete and execute any amendment or amendments

thereto, and file such form with the SEC and any stock exchange

or similar authority; and

(4) Take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection

with the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact,

may be of benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required

by, me, it being understood that the documents executed by such

attorney-in-fact on my behalf pursuant to this Power of Attorney

shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions

as such attorney-in-fact may approve in such attorney-in-fact's discretion.

I hereby grant to each such attorney-in-fact full power and

authority to do and perform any and every act and thing

whatsoever requisite, necessary, or proper to be done in the

exercise of any of the rights and powers herein granted,

as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do

if personally present, with full power of substitution or

revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that such

attorney-in-fact, or such attorney-in-fact's substitute or

substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue

of this power of attorney and the rights and powers herein

granted.  I acknowledge that the foregoing attorney-in-fact,

in serving in such capacity at my request, is not assuming,

nor is the Company assuming, any of my responsibilities to

comply with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect

until I am no longer required to file Forms 3, 4, and 5 with

respect to my holdings of and transactions in securities

issued by the Company, unless earlier revoked by the

undersigned in a signed writing delivered to the foregoing


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of

Attorney to be executed as of this 18th day of Februay, 2021.

Signature:      /s/ Dwight E. Smith

Print Name:   Dwight E. Smith