A life-long Coloradan, Dave taught math and technology at Heath Junior High in Greeley from 1975 to 1999. He worked for two years as an information architect with iXL, an international Web design firm, and most recently for nearly a decade as a senior instructor and adjunct faculty for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Dave was appointed to the Colorado legislature as the House District 50 representative in July 2011. He was elected to serve in that position in November 2012. He has served on the House Public Health Care and Human Services; the House Education Committee; the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee; and the House Appropriations Committee. In November 2014, Dave was appointed to, and continues to serve on, both the Joint Budget Committee and as the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Throughout his career, Dave has seen first-hand how pivotal education and training are for opening opportunities for people. Teaching technology at Heath, he saw students of his, still in high school, setting themselves up as entrepreneurs, programming websites or building custom computers to order. For the University of Colorado, Denver, Rep. Young designed and delivered online instruction in eLearning and instructional design for K-12 teachers, corporate trainers and higher education faculty, so he has an understanding of the promise of online learning.
Dave is married to Dr. Mary Young, who over the course of her career has worked in both Greeley schools and neighboring school districts. She has been a special education teacher, a special education coordinator, and is now a school psychologist. Dave’s sister, who is developmentally disabled, lives in Pueblo West.
Rep. Young is committed to public service and community involvement. In addition to being an Advocate for Life for the Donor Alliance, he worked as a trail maintenance volunteer for the Poudre River Trail.
Dave also does what he can to stay active. Ask him about the time he biked solo across Austria, Switzerland and Germany in 1983.