Elected Experience: King County Sheriff, 1997-2005; US House of Representatives, 2005-Current
Other Professional Experience: Dave served in the US Air Force Reserve (1971-1976). Joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1972. In 1997 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. Founder of King County Violent Firearms Coalition. Former Member of King County Committee to End Homelessness. 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. From the Sheriff’s Office to Congress, I learned to stand up when others can’t, speak up when others won’t, and measure up when lives are on the line. Simply put, I believe in making things right. With better schools for our children, better health care for our families, a fairer tax code to create jobs, stronger laws that protect the vulnerable, and more secure borders that protect our nation.
Integrity. Too often public officials sacrifice personal honor and integrity to win and keep office. I never will, knowing we are better off when we pull together, and more united when we say to each other we refuse to compromise rights that make us unique, freedoms that make us strong, and values that make America that “shining city upon a hill”. Do this, and we’ll not only secure today, but also fight to ensure the many tomorrows our children and grandchildren will inherit.
Service. From the United States Air Force, to the King County Sheriff’s Office, I witnessed everyday examples of selfless sacrifice, individuals who put others before themselves. That experience taught me what it means to have a servant’s heart, honored by an opportunity to help, and driven to show the courage and humility it takes to get things done.
Teamwork. America needs a shot in the arm if it is to embrace the future as much as it commanded the past. That’s why it’s more critical than ever to replace partisanship with common purpose, and pettiness with principle. Instead of fighting each other, let's pull together, find common ground, and fight for America. Only then will we create a sounder economy, a stronger military, a more coherent foreign policy, and a more amazing nation where everyone, by working hard, has a chance to live the American Dream.