Rep. Dave Young represents House District 50 in Greeley, Evans and Garden City. He was appointed in 2011 and was elected in 2012. Rep. Young is vice chairman of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and sits on the Education, Appropriations, and Health, Insurance & Environment committees.
He is also the co-chairman of the Flood Disaster Study Committee, which was tasked with helping communities recover and rebuild from the historic floods that occurred in September 2013. The committee toured flood-damaged areas and drafted bipartisan legislation to get flood-ravaged communities back on their feet through grant programs for damaged infrastructure, tax breaks for homeowners whose property was destroyed and measures to allow local governments to use state funds to rebuild damaged roads and bridges.
Rep. Young has focused his legislative agenda on boosting the state’s economy and improving the health care system in Colorado. During the 2013 legislative session he sponsored the Advanced Industries Acceleration Act, a key piece of the House Democrats’ economic development package. Advanced industries are a prime driver of Colorado’s economy, accounting for 30 percent of the state’s GDP as well as hundreds of thousands of primary and ancillary jobs.
During previous sessions Rep. Young sponsored other economic development measures, including a tech transfer bill to facilitate the transformation of laboratory discoveries into new products for the marketplace, and a workforce development program to integrate basic learning programs with skills training to get more Coloradans back to work. He also sponsored the Innovations in Medicaid Act, which established pilot programs that concentrate on health outcomes rather than the current fee-for-service model to save the state money without sacrificing quality care.
Before being selected to represent HD50, Rep. Young was a senior instructor and adjunct faculty for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he designed and delivered online instruction in e-learning for K-12 teachers, corporate trainers and higher education faculty
A lifelong Coloradan, Rep. Young taught math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District from 1975 to 1999 and later worked a two-year stint as an information architect with iXL, an international web design firm.
Rep. Young earned his master’s degree in information and learning technologies from CU Denver in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975.
Rep. Young’s wife is Dr. Mary Young, a school psychologist. Together, they are active co-guardians of Rep. Young’s developmentally disabled sister, Dorothy Jeanne Young.