IA-03: David Young (R)
David Young is a seventh generation Iowan who was born, raised, and graduated from high school and college in the Third Congressional District. He served the district for two terms, and is running again for Iowa’s Third District in 2020.
His family homesteaded in Pocahontas County in 1881. Young’s parents met in school in Van Meter and eventually married. They later moved to Johnston where Young graduated from high school. After high school, he spent his freshman year at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, and then transferred to Drake University in Des Moines where he graduated.
Growing up in Van Meter, Young played little league baseball, joined 4-H, and was a paperboy in town. He worked summers as a camp counselor at Wesley Woods in Warren County and at the Iowa State Fair. As a Drake Bulldog, David was a waiter at Johnny’s Vets Club in Valley Junction.
After graduating and then working for a short time in Des Moines, David went to Washington, D.C. He served for seven years as chief of staff for Sen. Chuck Grassley.
In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Iowa’s Third Congressional District. He was re-elected in 2016. David served on the Committee on Appropriations for four years. He served on several subcommittees including Agriculture; Transportation and Housing; Financial Services; and Homeland Security.
Young has a 100% voting participation record, never missing a vote during his two terms (2015-2019) either in committee or on the floor of the House of Representatives.
He authored the bipartisan ‘No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act’ which was signed into law by President Obama. He authored the bipartisan ‘Rural Call Quality Act’ which was signed into law by President Trump. This law helps ensure Iowans in rural communities receive the same quality telecommunications services as Iowans in more urban areas. He also authored the bipartisan ‘Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act’ which was signed into law by President Trump.
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