ABOUT DAVE

Elected to an eighth term, Representative Dave Reed is, according to John Baer of The Philadelphia Daily News, “a young, smart conservative familiar with hardship, savvy in politics, described as a non-ideological pragmatist.”

 

With an aim to move Pennsylvania forward, Dave originally ran for the state House in 2002. From the time he took office, he has been focused on legislation aimed at spurring economic growth to improve jobs and career opportunities for Pennsylvanians, while ensuring government operates better and more efficiently.

 

When first elected, he was the youngest member of the state House, and through hard work, forging positive and collaborative relationships, he has been twice elected by his peers to serve as House Majority Leader.

LEADERSHIP

 

Knowing good-paying jobs and careers come from a competitive business climate, Dave focuses his legislative efforts on bills which will achieve results and maximize the power of the public dollar.

 

Among Dave’s legislative accomplishments have been bills aimed at reducing welfare fraud, improving the business tax structure while closing corporate tax loopholes, and improving our educational system. He has fought to rebuild the state’s infrastructure through better roads and bridges, improved water and sewer lines, and modern gas pipelines.

 

Combating poverty across Pennsylvania has been a consistent priority for Dave. Working in partnership with the nonprofit sector, faith-based organizations and community groups, Dave led the Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty policy initiative, designed to study the barriers facing low-income residents as they work to become self-sufficient. This initiative has led to new laws erasing disincentives for welfare recipients to work and gearing budgetary decisions toward programs producing measurable results.

 

Instrumental in ending the faculty strike at the State System of Higher Education, Dave will use similar skills for the good of the state, and will continue his hard work toward finding solutions to major problems facing Pennsylvania, such as ensuring educational opportunities for all Pennsylvania students, reforming our public pension system, eliminating school property taxes and stopping the growing opioid crisis.

 

In 2016, the Aspen Institute -- a policy studies and educational group -- named Dave one of 24 fellows in its 2016 Rodel Fellowship program. The program brings together “rising star” leaders from across the nation for a series of weekend-long seminars on the responsibilities and principles of public leadership.

 

As chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC), under Dave’s leadership, House Republicans went from the minority party in the House to a majority of 119 members. As Majority Leader, the caucus grew to 121 members in the 2016 election -- the largest majority Republicans have held in the state House since the Eisenhower Administration.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Born on March 6, 1978, Dave grew up in Homer City and represents the sixth generation of his family to reside in Indiana County. Dave graduated from Homer-Center High School, where he was a member of the baseball and football teams.

 

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in mathematics and economics. While at IUP, Dave was a javelin thrower on the track and field team and served as an intern for Governor Tom Ridge’s Policy Office for Community and Economic Development.

 

After his time at IUP, Dave continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), where he earned a Master of Governmental Administration degree.

 

Dave, his wife Heather, their son Joshua, and daughters Gracie and Elliana, live in White Township. The Reeds attend Summit Church in Indiana and participate in numerous civic and community organizations.

 

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