We are in the worst economy since the Great Depression eighty years ago and the Democrats are running fiscal policies like they did 5 yeas ago. It will get better next year and we'll be fine they keep saying.....all the while the deficit keeps growing. They refuse to make the hard choices are sending us to an economic disaster for the coming decade. Remembering our history, the economic market crash came in 1929, but the worst unemployment and economic situation developed 3 years between 1932 and 1935. If we do not make major policy changes we are headed for the same results. This is a future budget deficit we cannot cut or tax ourselves out of. Major change must be made.
Dave went to work full time in personnel administration while preparing for his first run for office.
Starting as Republican Precinct Committee Officer in 1986, Dave volunteered on campaigns, worked his precinct, registered voters and considered a run for office himself. In 1988 Dave worked as the NW regional coordinator for the governor's race, a year later he was a session staff member for the Republican Caucus in the WA House of Representatives.
In 1992 Dave's campaign for the House of Representatives came up short, losing by less than 1% of the vote. Having worked too hard and come so close, Dave ran again in 1994 and won in a deciding victory. Having served eight years in the State House, Dave is now finishing his 4th years as a Senator.
Dave has served on the House Transportation, Trade and Economic Development, Government Operations, State Government, Community Security, and Education Committees. He also was the vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee and Chairs of the Government Administration and Special Elections Committees.
Dave has received the "Guardian Award" from the National Federation of Independent Businesses every term and many other endorsements and recognitions. Dave currently serves as the co-chair of Select Committee for Military and Veterans Affairs, He has received the prestigious Henry Toll Fellow award from the Council of State Governments. Approximately 20-25 state legislators across America receive this award each year. Dave is only one of ten Washington State legislators in the last 22 years to receive this national recognition. He currently serves on the Executive Committee, Western Region of the Council of State Governments.
Dave graduated with honors from Newberg High School, received a full college scholarship with U.S. Bank and was voted the most likely to succeed by his classmates. Dave received his B.A. from George Fox University and M.A. from Multnomah Seminary in Portland, OR.
Seven years of service in the National Guard.