Dave L. Reed

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Dave Reed
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Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 2015 – November 30, 2018
Preceded byMike Turzai
Succeeded byBryan Cutler
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
In office
January 7, 2003 – November 30, 2018
Preceded bySara Steelman
Succeeded byJames Struzzi
Personal details
Born (1978-03-06) March 6, 1978 (age 41)
Blairsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Heather Camp
EducationIndiana University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA)

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


Early life[edit]

Reed was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Homer-Center High School, where he played football and baseball. After high school, Reed attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelor's degree in mathematics/economics. He later earned a master's 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]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

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] Coleman personally assisted Reed in his campaign, from recruiting campaign help to advising him on his campaign statements.

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] Coleman had previously held that distinction.

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]

U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

In January 2018, Reed announced he would campaign for the United States Congress in Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district after Bill Shuster announced he would not run for re-election in 2018. However, he ended his campaign several months later when the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled the current district maps illegal and established new district maps. The new maps placed Reed's residence in Indiana, Pennsylvania in a new 15th congressional district alongside current Representative Glenn Thompson.

Personal life[edit]

Reed is married to the former Heather Camp, whom he met during his first election campaign. They have a son and two daughters, and reside in White Township, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ a b c Katarski, Jeffry (2002-10-15). "62nd District race pits youth vs. experience". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Shannon, Joyce (2002-11-06). "Reed upsets Steelman". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Tribune-Review Publishing Co. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04.
  3. ^ Brownawell, Angel (2002-11-07). "24-year-old pulls House upset". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Neri, Al (September 2002). "The Insider/November 2002". The Insider. Neri & Associates. Archived from the original on 2009-05-26. 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.

External links[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Turzai
Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Bryan Cutler