Rep. Dave Young

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Dave Young is serving his fourth term representing House District 50, which covers parts of Greeley and all of Evans and Garden City. Rep. Young is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Joint Budget Committee, which writes the state budget.

During the 2017 session, Rep. Young focused on improving state support for Coloradans with disabilities. He sponsored four bills surrounding this population, including a bill to ensure that people with disabilities can contribute to their own trust without impacting their Medicaid eligibility, and a bill to create an office of public guardianship.

A former teacher, Rep. Young has been a champion for quality public education and affordable higher education. Last session, he fought for legislation that would have helped middle class families save for college and another bill that would have allowed school districts to expand methods to measure the academic development of students. He has also been a leader to reform Medicaid and ensure the best health outcomes for seniors and people with disabilities.

Before joining the legislature, 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 then 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.

Rep. Young earned his master’s degree in information and learning technologies from UC Denver in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975.

Rep. Young and his wife, Dr. Mary Young, live in Greeley.