|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives|
from Iowa's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Tom Latham|
|Succeeded by||Cindy Axne (Elect)|
|Born||David Edmund Young|
May 11, 1968
Van Meter, Iowa, U.S.
|Education||Drake University ( BA)|
David Edmund Young (born May 11, 1968) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he is a native and resident of Van Meter, Iowa. He was first elected in the 2014 elections and reelected in 2016; his bid for a third term in 2018 ended unsuccessfully as he was defeated by Democrat Cindy Axne.
- 1 Career
- 2 U.S. House of Representatives
- 3 Political positions
- 4 Electoral history
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Young attended Drake University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the chief of staff to Iowa Republican senator Chuck Grassley. He was previously chief of staff to Kentucky senator Jim Bunning from 1998 to 2006.   
The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot. This was the second time in 50 years that a convention picked a nominee and the first time since 2002.  A poll conducted by the conservative website Caffeinated Thoughts of 118 of the 513 delegates was conducted on June 9–10, 2014. Young and Brad Zaun took 27% each. 
On June 21, 2014, in what was described by the Des Moines Register as a "stunning upset", Young won the nomination on the fifth ballot of the convention.  Young went on to defeat Democrat Staci Appel 53% to 42% in the 2014 general election. 
Young ran for re-election in 2016. He defeated Joe Grandanette in the Republican primary, which took place on June 7, 2016.   He then defeated Democrat Jim Mowrer in the general election, winning 54% of the vote. 
On May 29, 2018, Cindy Axne, a small-business owner and former state official, won the Democratic nomination to face Young in the November general election. Young, who was unopposed for his party's nomination, will also be challenged by Bryan Jack Holder, the Libertarian Party candidate. On June 6, Young invited Axne to take part in three debates in the fall.  
Young was sworn into office on January 3, 2015.
In April 2015, Young joined the Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund to announce over $530,000 in affordable housing grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) Strong Communities Fund. The grants would assist nearly 100 residents with key home repairs. 
During the January 2018 government shutdown, Young remained in Washington, canceled town hall meetings, and, in solidarity with government employees who were going unpaid during the shutdown, refused to accept his own salary. “I'm disappointed and I can't believe that Congress is getting paid during this time right now,” he said. “The people working hard every day in the military, for our federal government, should not be blamed for this.” 
- Committee on Appropriations
In May 2016, he voted to approve a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. 
In 2016, Young sponsored the "No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act" aimed at reducing suicides of veterans. The bill passed the U.S. House unanimously. 
Young voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2015. 
Young opposed the original March 2017 Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. When the effort ended in March 2017 with the withdrawal of the GOP health-care legislation from further consideration, Young praised Trump and the party leaders for this action and called for everyone to join anew in “a thoughtful and deliberate process that takes the time and input to get this right to achieve accessible, affordable quality healthcare for every American.” 
Young supported the second 2017 Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. On May 4, 2017, Young voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This second repeal effort narrowly passed the House 217-213, but failed in the Senate.   The repeal bill that Young voted for would have made it possible for states to allow insurers to raise health care premiums for individuals with preexisting conditons who did not have continuous coverage.  At the same time as he sough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Young pushed for an amendment intended to assist those with preexisting conditions who saw their premiums rise; many public health experts have questioned whether it would have succeeded in doing so.  
In September 2017, Young supported the refunding of the Children's Health Insurance Program. 
In April 2018, he voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment. In June 2018, Young voted for H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, also known as the rescission package. After its passage, Young said, “Washington has a spending problem and this rescissions package brings back taxpayer dollars which either can't be spent or were unused - this is simply Iowa commonsense.”
In September 2017, Young was part of a six-member bipartisan delegation that traveled to China to discuss agriculture, North Korea, the South China Sea, energy, and cybersecurity with Chinese officials. “The continued potential for growth in exports to China for Iowa’s products is of great importance to job and economic growth for the state,” said Young. In April 2018, Young told an interviewer that while he agreed with President Trump's belief in the need for “regulatory relief and common-sense regulatory reform and tax relief,” he and many of his constituents believe that “tariffs are taxes,” and are therefore “going to hurt consumers, going to hurt employers.”  
In January 2018, Young reiterated support for permanent legal status for so-called DREAMers, saying that he would vote for a measure giving them residency while also improving border security. “I want to find a way for those people to be here legally and stay here without fear of deportation,” Young said, but added that he was “not quite there on citizenship” for immigrants covered by DACA. He acknowledged that might support a citizenship guarantee if it was tied to enhanced border security or immigration controls. 
Young, a strong supporter of Israel, visited that country in August 2017 to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and to tour the nation. Young stated: “I look forward to further understanding the unique challenges the people of Israel, and the entire region, face as we work to pursue and achieve policies which will provide security and stability in a region where we have long prayed for peace.” 
Young opposes using federal funds to pay for abortions. He does not believe Planned Parenthood should receive federal funding. He does "believes in women’s access to healthcare and contraceptives" with the organization relying on outside funding to achieve these ends. 
Young has a "B" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Young is opposed to veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence. He is in favor of commercial hemp farming. He does not support state legalization. 
|Iowa Republican Convention, 2014 |
|Candidate||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5|
|No party preference||Bryan Jack Holder||4,360||1.5|
|Republican||David Young (incumbent)||208,240||53.5|
|Libertarian||Bryan Jack Holder||15,327||3.9|
|No party preference||Claudia Addy||6,335||1.6|
|No party preference||Joe Grandanette||4,511||1.2|
- "Iowa Election 2014". Des Moines Register. 9 May 2014.
- "Grassley aide weighs Senate run". POLITICO.
- "Senate hopeful David Young previews campaign kick off today in Van Meter - The Iowa Republican".
- Petroski, William. "Iowa's 3rd Congressional District GOP race heads to convention". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "David Young, Brad Zaun Lead Iowa 3rd District Delegate Poll". Caffeinated Thoughts. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- Petroski, William (21 June 2014). "David Young wins 3rd District GOP nomination in stunning upset". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- Petroski, William (November 5, 2014). "Young wins in Iowa's 3rd District race for Congress". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- Pathé, Simone (August 14, 2015). "Democrats Courting 'Gold Standard' to Unseat Young in Iowa". Roll Call. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- "Republican lines up to primary Young in Third District". The Iowa Statesman. July 28, 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- Yokley, Eli (June 8, 2016). "House Republicans: Vulnerable Incumbents Have 'Head Start' in Iowa". Morning Consult. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- Democrat Cindy Axne wins primary to run against Republican Rep. David Young in Iowa's 3rd District; Des Moines Register; June 5, 2018; https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/06/iowa-primary-2018-election-results-3rd-district-david-young-cindy-axne-eddie-mauro-pete-d-alessandro/647414002/
- U.S. Congressman David Young invites Cindy Axne to debates this fall; KCRG; June 6, 2018; http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/US-Congressman-David-Young-invites-Cindy-Axne-to-debates-this-fall-484723411.html
- "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- Congressman David Young Announces $532,000 in Housing Grants for Southwest Iowa; FHLB; April 8, 2015; https://www.fhlbdm.com/press-room/congressman-david-young-announces-532000-in-housing-grants-for-southwest-iowa/
- Iowa Lawmakers React to Government Shutdown, Some Not Accepting Paychecks; WHOtv; January 21, 2018; https://whotv.com/2018/01/21/iowa-lawmakers-react-to-government-shutdown-some-not-accepting-paychecks/
- Noble, Jason (May 26, 2016). "David Young votes 'yes' on new LGBT anti-discrimination bill". Des Moines Register. Associated Press. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "David Young on Civil Rights". On The Issues. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
- Petroski, Willia (October 4, 2016). "Allegations fly over Young's stalled vets' suicide hotline bill". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- "Fact check: Did Rep. David Young try to protect people with pre-existing conditions?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
- Noble, Jason; Iowa's GOP congressmen hopeful after failure of health care bill; Des Moines Register; March 24, 2017; https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/24/iowas-gop-congressmen-hopeful-after-failure-health-care-bill/99577626/
- Staff, C. N. N. "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
- "Fact check: Did Rep. David Young try to protect people with pre-existing conditions?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
- "Young, Axne Debate In Tight Race For Iowa's 3rd Congressional District". October 12, 2018.
- Discher, Anne; Congress must extend CHIP to ensure health care for kids; Des Moines Register; September 13, 2017; https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2017/09/13/congress-must-extend-chip-ensure-health-care-kids/662815001/
- Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Peterson, Mike. "Ernst, Young hail tax bill's passage". KMAland.com. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
- Lynch, James (July 5, 2018). "Iowa congressional delegation calls on Trump to avoid trade war". Post Bulletin.
- "GOP Iowa Rep. Young Argues Tariffs Will Harm Overall Economy". NPR. April 5, 2018.
- Noble, Jason; Immigration tops discussion at two forums with U.S. Rep. David Young; Des Moines Register; January 26, 2018; https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/01/26/congressman-david-young-reiterates-support-permanent-legal-status-immigrants-iowa-townhall-meeting/1067007001/
- Godden, Paige. "Congressman Young questioned on Syria, Planned Parenthood". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
- Morton, Joseph; After trip to Israel, Reps. Don Bacon and David Young encourage support of country; Omaha World Herald; August 16, 2017; https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/after-trip-to-israel-reps-don-bacon-and-david-young/article_441d25e0-820a-11e7-a8ca-0b3472e64b2b.html
- "Iowa Scorecard". NORML. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
- "OFFICIAL RESULTS June 3, 2014 Primary Election". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "Shocker: David Young wins GOP Nomination on Fifth Ballot". The Iowa Republican. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Iowa General Election 2014". Iowa Secretary of State. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
- "Canvass Summary Primary Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- "Elections 2016". Des Moines Register. 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
- Official website
- Campaign website
- David Young at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
United States Representatives by seniority
|114th||Senate: C. Grassley • J. Ernst||House: S. King • D. Loebsack • R. Blum • D. Young|
|115th||Senate: C. Grassley • J. Ernst||House: S. King • D. Loebsack • R. Blum • D. Young|