Dave grew up in Middletown and graduated from Middletown Area High School in 2004. He received his Bachelors in Political Science from Mansfield University in 2009 and went on to get his Masters in 2011 in European Studies form Aarhus University, Denmark.
Once Dave finished his education he moved back to Dauphin County and became a community organizer and helped to elect a slate of candidates that implemented progressive policies such as police reform, funding the public library, and revitalizing Middletown.
Dave’s efforts as an organizer and his work forming the Dauphin County Young Democrats lead to a position as a Regional Field Director for Governor Wolf’s first campaign in 2014. Dave oversaw Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Dave worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture before moving to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue where he served as a Tax Account Technician working tax collections and compliance. This position was an AFSCME position and Dave started attending local union meetings and became a shop steward. At one of the labor conventions Dave was attending he was introduced to a program called Path to Power where card carrying union members are recruited to run for local office. Dave, with the encouragement of fellow union members and friends, ran for and won a seat on Harrisburg City Council in 2017.
In 2020, Dave was brought on as the Community Services and Education Director of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, where Dave’s job was to coordinate statewide social services programs with non-profits across the state.
Dave was elected to the House of Representatives in 2022, and now serves as the Vice Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee, in addition to being a member of the Appropriations, Committee On Committees, Gaming Oversight, Human Services, and Local Government Committees.