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Dave Young (Colorado politician)

David L. Young[1] is an American politician and the current Treasurer of Colorado.

Dave Young
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57th Treasurer of Colorado
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
GovernorJared Polis
Preceded byWalker Stapleton
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 50th district
In office
July 28, 2011 – January 4, 2019
Preceded byJim Riesberg
Succeeded byRochelle Galindo
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Young
EducationColorado State University (BS)
University of Colorado Denver (MA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Previously, he served as a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 50 from the time of his appointment on July 28, 2011 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jim Riesberg until his term ended in early 2019.[2][3][4]


Dave Young represented House District 50. The district encompasses Greeley, Evans and Garden City. Rep. Young was appointed in 2011 before being elected in 2012, and reelected in 2014 and 2016.

After the 2013 September floods, Rep. Young was appointed co-chairman of the Flood Disaster Study Committee.[5][6] Members of the bipartisan committee toured communities damaged by the flooding and created legislation to help homeowners and communities rebuild and recover.[7] In his role as co-chairman Rep. Young was the prime sponsor of legislation creating a grant program to repair damaged water and wastewater facilities.[8][9]

During his time in the legislature Rep. Young has been the prime sponsor of numerous bills to help businesses in Colorado, improve services for people with disabilities, and increase funding for education. In 2013 he was one of the prime sponsors of bipartisan legislation creating an Advanced Industries Accelerator program for startup companies in Colorado.[10] In 2014 he was a prime sponsor of a bill extending the program after its successful first year.[11] During 2014 he was also a prime sponsor of a bill creating a tax break for small businesses with less than $15,000 in business personal property.[12]

Rep. Young crafted legislation to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program to encourage better health outcomes for patients.[13]

In November 2014, Rep. Young was appointed by Speaker Hullinghorst as a member of the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and was named as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He served in those positions until November 2018.

Dave Young was elected Colorado State Treasurer on November 6, 2018, and assumed office on January 8, 2019.

Before entering office, Rep. Young was an educator, teaching math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District at Heath Junior High in Greeley from 1975 to 1999. He worked for two years as an information architect with iXL, an international Web design firm, and as a coder for a small programming company in Colorado Springs that performed DoD programming for NORAD. For nearly a decade, Dave worked as a senior instructor for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado, Denver.

On January 8, 2019, Dave was sworn in as Colorado State Treasurer. To learn more about Dave’s work as Treasurer, please visit .

In June 2019, Young's wife, Mary Young, was appointed by a vacancy committee to serve in his former state house seat following the resignation of his successor, Rochelle Galindo.[14]


Young earned his BS in mathematics from Colorado State University and his MA from the University of Colorado.


  • 2012: Young was unopposed for the June 26, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 1,494 votes;[15] and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 14,937 votes (60.0%) against Republican nominee Skip Carlson.[16]
  • 2018: Young was the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer, having won the primary election in June, 2018.[17]
Colorado State Treasurer Elections, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Dave Young 1,292,281 52.2
Republican Brain Watson 1,111,641 44.9
Constitution Gerald Kilpatrick 70,475 2.8


  1. ^ "David Young's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dave Young". Denver, Colorado: Colorado General Assembly. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Ashley (July 22, 2011). "Weld County Dems appoint Young to legislature". The Colorado Statesman. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Colorado election results: November 6, 2018, 2018 general election". Colorado Secretary of State. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. ^ "Colorado Legislative Council -".
  6. ^ "Flood disaster committee visits hard-hit areas - Colorado Politics".
  7. ^ "Legislators tour flood-damaged areas in Milliken, Evans".
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  9. ^ "Colorado house speaker: Flood recovery, disaster readiness tops agenda". 7 January 2014.
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  13. ^ "House passes Rep. Dave Young's Medicaid reform bill".
  14. ^ Goodland, Marianne (2019-06-27). "Mary Young sworn in as representative for Colorado House District 50". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  15. ^ "2012 Democratic Party state representatives primary results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "2012 General election state representatives results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  17. ^ Luning, Ernest; Harden, Mark (2018-06-27). "PRIMARY 2018: Watson, Young advance in treasurer's race". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2018-07-01.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walker Stapleton
Treasurer of Colorado