David Young is a sixth generation Iowan. He was born, raised, and graduated from high school and college in the Third Congressional District.
His family homesteaded in Pocahontas County in 1881. Emigrating from Germany, they were drawn to America by the promise of freedom, liberty, and the endless opportunities made available to anyone who works hard.
David’s parents met in school in Van Meter and eventually married, and raised David and his sister and brother. They later moved to Johnston where David graduated from high school. After high school, David spent his freshman year at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, and then transferred to Drake University in Des Moines where he graduated.
From a young age, David learned Iowa values, the importance of a strong work ethic, and to love and serve others which defined his career in public life.
Growing up in Van Meter, David played little league baseball, joined 4-H, and was a paperboy in town. He worked summers as a camp counselor at Wesley Woods in Warren County and at the Iowa State Fair. As a Drake Bulldog, David was a waiter at Johnny’s Vets Club in Valley Junction.
After graduating and then working for a short time in Des Moines, David went to Washington, DC with the goal of serving his fellow Iowans. David served Iowans for seven years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.