Dave Reed, House Majority Leader
Serving his eighth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Dave Reed represents the 62nd Legislative District in Indiana County. Dave was re-elected by his colleagues to be the majority leader during the 2017-18 session. In this role, he remains committed to passing responsible, on-time budgets, while focusing on policies to help grow in-state jobs and spur additional job creation.
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Dave Reed’s emergence as one of Pennsylvania’s key leaders mirrors his approach to life: Preparation and perseverance are the keys to making a difference. He learned the value of hard work from his parents.
During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Dave has remained focused on what he views as his two main responsibilities: pushing for good policies in Harrisburg while providing quality, reliable constituent services to residents in the district.
In November 2010, Dave’s hard work on legislative issues first culminated with his selection by members of the House Republican Caucus to serve as the chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee. As Majority Policy Committee chairman, he conducted hearings about important issues, working with stakeholders and his colleagues to address major issues facing the Commonwealth.
As policy chair, he focused on improving quality of life for all Pennsylvanians and improving the climate for job creation.
Dave created and led to passage of a competitive business tax package designed to stimulate economic growth and private sector job creation. In addition, as a strong believer in the need to balance our economic necessities with our environmental responsibilities, Dave supported commonsense policies which helped grow the Marcellus Shale gas industry while protecting the Commonwealth’s natural heritage for future generations.
Alongside partners from the nonprofit sector, faith-based organizations and community groups, Dave also led the Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty policy initiative, designed to study the barriers facing low-income residents as they work to become self-sufficient.
In November 2014, as chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC), House Republicans increased their majority to 119 members. Dave chaired HRCC three consecutive cycles, growing the majority each election. Republicans currently have the largest majority in the state House since the 1957-58 legislative session.
Dave remains committed to the core principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and accountability. His goal is to improve the Commonwealth for current residents and future generations.
In 2016, Dave was among 24 of the country’s rising political stars selected for the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program. The program is designed to bring together elected officials under age 50 who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse. The 24-month program is a three-part series, where fellows meet periodically throughout the country to discuss effective leadership, bipartisan efforts and statewide policy implementation.
Born on March 6, 1978, Dave represents the sixth generation of his family to reside in Indiana County. While growing up in Homer City, Dave was raised to believe that, with enough hard work, anything is possible.
Dave graduated from Homer-Center High School, where he was on the baseball and football teams. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He served as an intern for Gov. Tom Ridge’s Policy Office for Community and Economic Development, where he continued to demonstrate his strong work ethic.
Dave’s graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Governmental Administration Degree, focused on effective and efficient government.
Dave, his wife, Heather, their son, Joshua, and their two daughters, Gracie and Ellie, live in White Township. The Reeds are members of Grace United Methodist Church and participate in numerous civic and community organizations.
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