Dale P. Kooyenga was born February 12, 1979 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He graduated with an AA from Moraine Valley Community College in 2000, attained a BA from Lakeland College in 2000, and an MBA from Marquette University in 2007. He is a current member of the U.S. Army Reserve and an Iraq War veteran. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010.
Dale grew up the oldest of four siblings on the south side of Chicago in a blue-collar family and neighborhood. He attended Chicago Christian High School and went on to attend Moraine Valley Community College. Dale played basketball at Moraine Valley and was subsequently recruited by Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI where he played NCAA Div III basketball and graduated with honors.
Dale moved to Milwaukee in 2001, passed the Certified Public Accounting exam, and began working for a large international accounting firm. During his career as a public accountant he worked with the State of Wisconsin's largest manufacturing, health care, financial services and not-for-profit organizations. Dale is also a graduate of Marquette University's Masters In Business Administration program.
In 2005, Dale left his career in public accounting to serve his country. He attended the United States Army's basic training, Officer Candidate School and the Military Intelligence Officer Course. After completing the year-long Army training Dale returned to his career in public accounting and married.
Dale was called up for service in Iraq in 2008. Although trained as a Military Intelligence Officer, Dale was quickly assigned as the 4th Infantry Division's Officer in Charge of Economic Development in Baghdad. Dale served in Iraq from January 2008 to November 2008. The team in charge of economic development created thousands of jobs by utilizing a combination of microgrants, introducing foreign investors and working directly with Iraqi small, medium and large business. Dale was part of a team that realized an 80% decrease in significant hostile acts from January 2008 to November 2008. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
In the Fall of 2010, Dale was elected to represent the 14th District for the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011.