David Young has spent a majority of his life in Iowa’s third congressional district.
Born and raised in Van Meter, Young moved to Johnston as a junior and graduated from Johnston High School. He went on to earn an English degree at Drake University.
A sixth-generation Iowan, Young spent the past seven years as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s, R-New Hartford, chief of staff, gaining experience of how the system works in Washington, D.C., while listening and fighting for Iowans back home.
“My heart has always been in this district, in this area,” Young said.
After U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, D-Cumming, announced his retirement, Young said he believed U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Alexander; U.S. Rep Steve King, R-Storm Lake or Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Osceola, would make a bid to fill the Senate seat.
When that didn’t happen, Young took a chance and joined the highly contested Senate race.
Later, Latham announced his retirement from Congress. Young, a Republican, decided to shift gears and run for the empty congressional seat in the area he calls home.
Young wants to be a political “watch dog” for Iowa’s third congressional district tax payers.
“I’ve seen the ugliness of it, of Washington, D.C.,” Young said. “I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work. A lot of it doesn’t work as you know, you can see that from here.”
Young hopes to bridge a trust gap with the American people, blaming both sides of the aisle for abusing power and for the $17 trillion debt.
He said it will not come from simply passing legislation. By using the experience he learned as Grassley’s chief of staff, Young said from day one he will use congressional tools to provide oversight and keep the government transparent.
To handle budget issues, Young believes in base line budgeting.
“Congress gives these agencies and departments the same amount of money they got last year and a little bit more,” Young said. “There is no accountability. Nobody knows what they are going to do with the money.”
By starting the budget at zero each year, Young said it forces everyone to justify the amount of money needed and how it will be spent.
Another way Young wants to keep Congress accountable is by attaching sunset laws to bills. This way programs have a set date to be evaluated before more funding is assigned to continue.
“Not everything works that they do in Congress,” Young said. “Everybody can have a seat at the table, Republicans and Democrats. When it expires, everybody takes a look at it.”
Finally, Young wants to target the national job deficit. Young praised Iowans for their work ethic. The state currently has an unemployment rate of just 4.4 percent.
One area Young believes would help job creation is by trimming the 73,000-page tax code to make it “flatter, fairer, simpler and make it permanent.”
After visiting with Union County’s GOP central committee meeting, Young continued on the campaign trail to Atlantic to prepare for caucuses.