Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young
A native Coloradan, Dave Young began his term as Colorado State Treasurer on January 8, 2019. Before that, Dave taught math, science, and technology at a middle school for almost 25 years, taught masters students at the University of Colorado for a decade, worked in the tech sector for several years, and was a state legislator for four terms.
He never planned to enter politics, but Dave’s younger sister is challenged with significant disabilities and he could see the difficulties she had getting care. He learned his sister wasn’t the only one struggling to get essential services. So, he decided to run for the Colorado House to fix a system that was taking advantage of the most vulnerable in our society.
Appointed to the Colorado legislature representing a State House District in northern Colorado in 2011, Dave was then elected to that position in 2012 and re-elected twice more. Beginning in November 2014, Dave served four years as a member of the Joint Budget Committee and as the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
During this time as Colorado State Treasurer, Dave has worked on several significant efforts:
improving access to workplace retirement savings plans for almost 1 million employees in the private sector,
managing the state’s debt, including saving over $22 million in 2019 for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program,
Returning unclaimed property to Coloradans and serving in a senior leadership position for the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA)
Making positive changes as a trustee of Colorado PERA to help Colorado's public sector retirees
Working with legislators from all sides to ensure the state's money is safe and well-invested.
Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Colorado State University, and his Masters in Information and Learning Technologies at CU–Denver. He is married to Mary Young, Ph.D., who has worked as a special education teacher, a special education coordinator, and a school psychologist. She is now the State Representative in the Colorado State House. Dave’s sister lives in Pueblo West.