Growing up and working in a family small business for most of his life, Dave learned from his parents the value of a dollar and the economic liberty that income represents for a family.  He also saw the strain on small business caused by over regulation and excessive taxation by government, and the impact that loss of that liberty has not only on businesses, but on families as well. 

Inspired in his youth to join the conservative movement by President Reagan, Dave served as an intern on Capitol Hill in college for U.S. Representative Heather Wilson.  After graduating college, Dave was hired by Congressman Paul Ryan, whom he served as an aide for nine years – helping Ryan fight for the conservative cause of limited government - all the while still maintaining a part time job in the private sector. Dave continues to work as a real estate agent in his family real estate business. 

Dave has also served as a Councilman at his church and as a Trustee for the Village of Big Bend.  He and his wife Amy make their home in the Town of Vernon, where they raise six children.  In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and reading.