Elected Experience: King County Sheriff, 1998-2005; US House of Representatives, 2005-Current
Other Professional Experience: Dave served in the US Air Force Reserve (1971-1976). He joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 and in 1998 became King County’s first elected sheriff in 30 years.
Education: Concordia Lutheran College, AA
Community Service: Served on King County’s Domestic Violence Council. Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Washington. Co-Chair of King County Methamphetamine Coalition. Former Member of King County Committee to End Homelessness. Co-Founder of King County Sheriff's Police Activities League. Youth coach and counselor. Two time Washington Medal of Valor Recipient. National Sheriff of the Year.
Statement: Leadership. As a public servant, my energy is focused on spurring our economy, ensuring our children have access to good schools, protecting our freedom to choose doctors, and defending the vulnerable. Too many families are suffering, finding their hope and budgets strained. Too often, government regulations and bloated budgets have held back the private sector. I will continue working to reform our tax code, cut spending, and reduce regulations in an effort to enhance private sector innovation.
Integrity. Character and integrity make us who we are. In tough times, it becomes all too easy to serve personal interests, forget the needs of neighbors, and toss integrity aside. I have always served our community, our state, and our nation with an optimistic spirit. I believe our best days are ahead, and America will continue to be the greatest nation, because we never surrender and we always pull together. We are free and must fight to remain free for our children and grandchildren.
Service. From the first day I put on my Air Force uniform until today, I have committed myself to service. While a sheriff’s deputy, I saw the most humbling acts of service and selfless sacrifices. I have a servant’s heart and want to make America even better for the next generation. Every day, I hope to earn your trust by serving with honesty and representing you with integrity.
Teamwork. I’m a pragmatic leader, believing it’s more important to solve problems than claim credit or be trapped in partisanship. Whether running a small business, nursing the sick, tending an orchard, raising a family, or serving in the military, everyone wonders why our problems persist. With leadership founded on integrity, humble service, and teamwork, we will put these tough days behind us and turn our energy toward the next opportunities.