Dave L. Reed

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Dave L. Reed
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Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2003
Preceded by Sara G. Steelman
Personal details
Born (1978-03-06) March 6, 1978 (age 36)
Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heather Reed
Residence Indiana, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dave L. Reed (born March 6, 1978) is a Republican member, and the incoming Majority Leader, of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 62nd District, made up of parts of Indiana County. In November 2014, Reed was elected House Majority Leader and will assume those duties on December 1. He will be sworn into his seventh term on January 6, 2015.

Reed attended and graduated from Homer-Center High School.[citation needed] After high school, Reed attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelors degree in mathematics/economics.[citation needed] He later earned a Masters Degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.[citation needed] Reed completed an internship in the Governor's Policy Office for Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[1] 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.[1]

In 2002, the 24-year-old Reed challenged Representative Sara Steelman for the 62nd legislative district, winning an upset.[2] Both candidates made improving the local economic climate part of their platforms.[1] Reed was inspired to challenge Steelman after seeing fellow 20-something Jeff Coleman defeat another long-term Democrat in the adjacent 60th legislative district.[3] As a challenger, Reed followed the campaign blueprint established in 2000 by when young Jeff Coleman defeated Tim Pesci in nearby Armstrong County.[4] The political news site PoliticsPA named Reed's campaign website the "sixth best website" in Pennsylvania during the election season.[5] During the campaign, Steelman "erupted" on the district's airwaves with taxpayer-funded "public service announcements" for the first time in a decade.[6] His website was praised by PoliticsPA as being among the best in that election cycle.[5] With the 57-43 victory, Reed became the youngest member of the House.[2]

In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named him to "The Best of the Freshman Class" list, saying that "What he lacks in practical experience, Reed more than makes up for with hard work."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Katarski, Jeffry (2002-10-15). "62nd District race pits youth vs. experience". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.). 
  2. ^ a b Shannon, Joyce (2002-11-06). "Reed upsets Steelman". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.). 
  3. ^ Brownawell, Angel (2002-11-07). "24-year-old pulls House upset". Pittsburgh Tribune Review (The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.). 
  4. ^ 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" 
  5. ^ a b Drulis, Michael (2002). "Best & Worst Websites". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. Archived from the original on 2002-10-17. 
  6. ^ 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." 
  7. ^ "The Best of the Freshman Class". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-01-19. 

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