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|
Dave L. Reed (born March 6, 1978) is a Republican member, and 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 assumed those duties on December 1. He was sworn into his seventh term on January 6, 2015.
Reed was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, and is a sixth-generation Indiana County resident. He attended and graduated from Homer-Center High School, where he excelled in 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. 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.
Campaign for House
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. 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. 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. Coleman had previously held that distinction.
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.
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- 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
- 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.