David is a sixth generation Iowan. His family homesteaded in Pocahontas County in 1881. Emigrating from Germany, they were drawn to America by the promise of freedom, liberty, and by the endless opportunity available to anyone who works hard. Grandson of a tenant farmer and a preacher who built a church in Laurel, David learned about Iowa values and to have a strong Iowa work ethic from a young age.
Growing up in Van Meter, David played little league baseball and was a paperboy in town. Eventually, his family moved to Johnston and David worked summers at the Iowa State Fair.
Upon graduating from high school, David attended his father’s and grandmother’s alma mater, Buena Vista College, and then went on to graduate from Drake University. Most recently, David served the people of Iowa in his role as Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representative, David works hard for the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District. David’s conservative principles are built upon the same foundation on which he was raised: hard work, honesty, family, and faith. It’s those principles that drive David every day.