New state Rep. Dave Young sworn into office

Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, recently appointed by a vacancy committee in House District 50, was sworn in Thursday on the House floor by Chief Justice Michael Bender.

“I look forward to serving the people of House District 50, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Jim Riesberg, who earned the respect and admiration of those on both sides of the aisle. I know that his are incredibly large shoes to fill,” Young said.

Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, and his wife Mary, right, step out onto the Capitol veranda with the assistance of Chief Sergeant at Arms John Wallin as Young’s friend Jackie Dobrovolny watches from inside shortly after Young was sworn into office Thursday.
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“Born and raised in Colorado, I was inspired by my teachers to become an educator and work to make our community a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I’m proud to have spent my career teaching the next generation of Coloradans, and I believe that it is imperative that every action we take here in the Legislature is a way to leave things better for them,” said the new state representative.

“House Democrats are delighted to welcome Rep. Young to our caucus. His background, experience, and passion for public service will be an asset to the House of Representatives and to Weld County residents,” said House Democratic Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo.

Following his swearing-in, state Rep. Dave Young poses with his wife Mary, House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, and Chief Justice Michael Bender.
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Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, likewise offered his congratulations.

“I look forward to working with him as we tackle the many tough issues facing our state,” said McNulty.
Rep. Young was joined by his wife Mary, and his mother, brother and sister, who came up from Pueblo. 


Before he was selected to represent the constituents of HD 50, Young was a senior instructor and adjunct faculty for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver.

A life-long Coloradan, Young taught math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District from 1975 to 1999, and later made a two-year stint as an information architect with iXL, an international Web design firm.

Rep. Dave Young of HD 50 in Greeley and his predecessor Jim Riesberg, now Colorado’s commissioner of insurance, with Young’s friend Gary Hayward after the swearing-in ceremony.
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Young earned his MA in Information and Learning Technologies from the UC Denver in 2000, and his BS in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975. As an instructor for UC Denver, Rep. Young designed and delivered online instruction in eLearning for K-12 teachers, corporate trainers and higher education faculty.

Young is committed to public service and community involvement. In addition to being an Advocate for Life for the Donor Alliance, he works as a trail maintenance volunteer for the Poudre River Trail.