10 Questions: Rep. David Young (R-IA)

America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

This week’s Featured Member is Rep. David Young who represents the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. Rep. Young was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, and he serves on the House Committee on Appropriations.

Rep. Young is a sixth generation Iowan, having grown up playing little league baseball and delivering newspapers in Van Meter. Prior to Congress, he served as chief of staff to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.

Photo Credit: The Iowa Republican

Photo Credit: The Iowa Republican

We asked Rep. Young 10 questions:

1. What was your first job?

Paper boy for The Des Moines Register and baling hay and walking beans.  These all happened about the same summer.

2. What kind of music do you listen to?

Indie rock and old-time gospel.

3. What’s your biggest like and dislike about Washington, D.C.?

The history and diversity of the people. The traffic.

4. What is one unique skill you have that not many know about?

My spot on impersonation of Sen. Grassley.

5. Who is your favorite sports team?

Drake Bulldogs

6. When did you realize you were a Republican?

In college. Instead of playing frisbee and listening to rock music in the afternoons with the guys in my fraternity, I hung out in my room listening to conservative talk radio and nodding my head a lot in agreement.

7. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?

Oversight and government accountability. Exposing the mismanagement of government. My seat on the Appropriations Committee is a great venue to perform this kind of work.

8. What motivated you to run for public office?

Like most who run – I love this great country and wanted to help ensure future generations had opportunities and their freedoms and liberties were preserved.

9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?

The fast pace. I was used to a slower more deliberative pace of the Senate (having served as Sen. Grassley’s Chief of Staff). And I knew the House operated faster. But I didn’t know it was a sprint every day.

10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?

God’s always in control. And the important question is not always asking why things happen, but instead asking what am I to learn from what is happening.


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Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)