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Strom graduated from Carleton College (1987) in Northfield, Minnesota, with a degree in Political Science and holds a master's degree in Political Science from Duke University (1992). He has taught political philosophy at Duke University, North Carolina State University, Carleton College, and the University of St. Thomas.
He was a nearly regular, bi-weekly, contributor to the local ABC affiliate’s Sunday morning news program At Issue 3-5 minute "face-off" segment in which he spared with an opponent of an opposing political view. David served as President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
Strom was a research director on campaigns for several Republican candidates for Governor, US Senate and Congress.
His small government conservatism is partly expressed in this quote:
"Government tries to replace the family, the church, the neighborhood, the community with a benevolent bureaucracy. The benevolent bureaucracy cannot do what [civil society] can do, but it has pushed civil society aside. It's said, 'This is our problem. Just go away. By the way, go work some more so that we can do more of this.'