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400 Essex Street, Sioux City, IA 51103 • 712.898.5804 • david@dawsonforiowa.com

Iowa State Representative


District 14

Sioux City, IA


Born and raised in northwest Iowa, David grew up in the small town of Washta, IA, about 40 miles east of Sioux City. Washta is known as "The Coldest Spot in Iowa" because of its record low temperature set in 1912.

David graduated as Valedictorian from Willow Community High School in 1992. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with degrees in Sociology and Psychology. David went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999.

After completing law school, David accepted an attorney position with the Law Firm of Winston & Strawn in Chicago where he worked in the litigation department and travelled across the United States for various legal proceedings.

In 2002, David moved to Sioux City to become a prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of the Woodbury County Attorney's Office. While there, David prosecuted gang members, sex offenders, and other juvenile delinquents. In 2006 and 2007 David argued cases before the Iowa Supreme Court to help ensure equal treatment of children in juvenile casses. As a prosecutor David served on state and local committees dedicated to improving child welfare, delinquency, and juvenile court laws and policies. As a county employee, David was also a member of AFSCME.

Since 2004, Dawson has been active with the Woodbury County Democratic Party, and from 2008 to 2010 served as the Finance Chair.

In 2010, David started his own law office in Sioux City where he works as an advocate for children and families. He also serves on the board for the Siouxland Community Action Agency. David is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Woodbury County Bar Association.

David, his wife, Liza, and their children, Kaleb, Kali, and Izabel, live in the Woodbury Heights area on the Westside of Sioux City. He is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, previously serving as a church elder, and is also a former Sioux City West High School volleyball coach. David was elected to the Iowa House in 2012.

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