Dave Young (Colorado politician)

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Dave Young
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Treasurer of Colorado
Assuming office
January 8, 2019
GovernorJared Polis (Elect)
SucceedingWalker Stapleton
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 50th district
Assumed office
July 28, 2011
Preceded byJim Riesberg
Succeeded byRochelle Galindo (Elect)
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationColorado State University (BA)
University of Colorado Denver (MA)
WebsiteOfficial website

David L. Young[1] is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 50 since his appointment July 28, 2011 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jim Riesberg.[2][3]


Rep. Dave Young represents House District 50. The district encompasses Greeley, Evans and Garden City. Rep. Young was appointed in 2011 before being elected in 2012.

After the 2013 September floods Rep. Young was appointed co-chairman of the Flood Disaster Study Committee.[4][5] Members of the bipartisan committee toured communities damaged by the flooding and created legislation to help homeowners and communities rebuild and recover.[6] In his role as co-chairman Rep. Young was the prime sponsor of legislation creating a grant program to repair damaged water and wastewater facilities.[7][8]

During his time in the legislature Rep. Young has been the prime sponsor of numerous bills to help businesses in Colorado. In 2013 he was one of the prime sponsors of bipartisan legislation creating an Advanced Industries Accelerator program for startup companies in Colorado.[9] In 2014 he was a prime sponsor of a bill extending the program after its successful first year.[10] During 2014 he was also a prime sponsor of a bill creating a tax break for small businesses with less than $15,000 in business personal property.[11]

Previously Rep. Young crafted legislation to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program to encourage better health outcomes for patients.[12]

Before entering office, Rep. Young was an educator, teaching math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District before becoming a senior instructor and adjunct faculty for at the University of Colorado Denver.


Young earned his BS in mathematics from Colorado State University and his MA from the University of Colorado.


  • 2012: Young was unopposed for the June 26, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 1,494 votes;[13] and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 14,937 votes (60.0%) against Republican nominee Skip Carlson.[14]
  • 2018: Young is the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer, having won the primary election in June, 2018.[15]


  1. ^ "David Young's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dave Young". Denver, Colorado: Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Ashley (July 22, 2011). "Weld County Dems appoint Young to legislature". The Colorado Statesman. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Colorado Legislative Council -". www.colorado.gov.
  5. ^ "Flood disaster committee visits hard-hit areas - Colorado Politics". coloradostatesman.com.
  6. ^ "Legislators tour flood-damaged areas in Milliken, Evans".
  7. ^ http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/B8AE4550353581B287257C550066B6D5?Open&file=1002_enr.pdf
  8. ^ "Colorado house speaker: Flood recovery, disaster readiness tops agenda". 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2013/01/07/colorados-advanced-industries.html
  10. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2014/04/30/5-coloradobusiness-bills-just-handed-to.html?page=all
  11. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/capitol_business/2014/05/at-last-a-businesspersonal-property-tax-break-is.html
  12. ^ "House passes Rep. Dave Young's Medicaid reform bill".
  13. ^ "2012 Democratic Party state representatives primary results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "2012 General election state representatives results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Luning, Ernest; Harden, Mark (2018-06-27). "PRIMARY 2018: Watson, Young advance in treasurer's race". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2018-07-01.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walker Stapleton
Treasurer of Colorado

Taking office 2019