Dave L. Reed
|Dave L. Reed|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||Sara G. Steelman|
March 6, 1978 |
|Alma mater||Indiana University of Pennsylvania|
Reed attended and graduated from Homer-Center High School. After high school, Reed attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelors degree in mathematics/economics. He later earned a Masters Degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Reed completed an internship in the Governor's Policy Office for Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also coordinated special projects for the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and worked as a director of a business-development group for Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
In 2002, the 24-year-old Reed challenged Representative Sara Steelman for the 62nd legislative district, winning an upset. Both candidates made improving the local economic climate part of their platforms. Reed was inspired to challenge Steelman after seeing fellow 20-something Jeff Coleman defeat another long-term Democrat in the adjacent 60th legislative district. As a challenger, Reed followed the campaign blueprint established in 2000 by when young Jeff Coleman defeated Tim Pesci in nearby Armstrong County. The political news site PoliticsPA named Reed's campaign website the "sixth best website" in Pennsylvania during the election season. During the campaign, Steelman "erupted" on the district's airwaves with taxpayer-funded "public service announcements" for the first time in a decade. His website was praised by PoliticsPA as being among the best in that election cycle. With the 57-43 victory, Reed became the youngest member of the House.
In 2014, Reed is being challenged by Kevin Freeberg, a Democrat and educator, who waged a successful last minute write-in campaign.
- Katarski, Jeffry (2002-10-15). "62nd District race pits youth vs. experience". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.).
- Shannon, Joyce (2002-11-06). "Reed upsets Steelman". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.).
- Brownawell, Angel (2002-11-07). "24-year-old pulls House upset". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.).
- Neri, Al (September 2002). "The Insider/November 2002". The Insider. Neri & Associates. Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. "The new representative is 25-year-old Republican Dave Reed, who used the blueprint that was established two years ago when young Jeff Coleman defeated Tim Pesci in nearby Armstrong County"
- Drulis, Michael (2002). "Best & Worst Websites". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. Archived from the original on 2002-10-17.
- Roddy, Dennis (2003-12-21). "Mine! Mine! Mine!". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PG Publishing Company). "Incumbent Democrat Sara Steelman, who went a decade without doing such broadcast spots, suddenly erupted on her district's airwaves promoting state programs as if she had invented them, in the months leading up to election. Reed defeated her, anyway."
- "The Best of the Freshman Class". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-01-19.
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