Elected Experience: Washington State Representative (2001-Present); Chairman, House Environment Committee
Other Professional Experience: Prior to his election, Dave worked as legislative staff for seven years. After being elected to the House, Dave has worked intermittently on the staff of King County Councilmember Julia Patterson. Following a passion and seeking balance in his life, in 2010 Dave changed careers to become a basketball referee for the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association.
Education: B.A. Environmental Conservation (Biology Minor), University of Colorado at Boulder.
Community Service: Volunteer, "Project Citizen" and "We The People" Civic Education Programs. Board Member, SeaTac YMCA. Kent Chamber of Commerce 2012 "Government Employee of the Year".
Statement: The independent Municipal League, which researches, interviews and evaluates candidates on four criteria (involvement, effectiveness, character and knowledge) gave Dave Upthegrove their highest possible rating of “Outstanding.”
Born and raised in South King County, Dave has delivered results for our community. He will continue to be a strong voice for South King County. His reasonable and thoughtful approach to solving problems led the Seattle Times to note that “Upthegrove can bring opposing parties together…a critical skill in Olympia.” In these tough economic times, his focus remains on serving our community and supporting good jobs and economic opportunity for all.