Dave Upthegrove

King County Council, District 5

Dave will continue to be a strong leader for King County!


Dave began his public service career as the first openly gay legislator from outside Seattle in the history of Washington State. Since then, he has effectively championed environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and social justice for people in South King County.

He served five terms in the Legislature, where as Chair of the Environment Committee, he led successful efforts to create the Puget Sound Partnership and shut down the state’s last polluting coal plant.

In 2013, the people of South King County elected Dave to be their voice on the King County Council.
Working with the community, Dave increased funding for affordable housing and helped pass a plan to move 2000 chronically homeless individuals into secure housing with support.

He has led progressive criminal justice reform, expanding a successful diversion program, decriminalizing bus fare enforcement, and strengthening civilian oversight of the County Sheriff’s Office.

A long-time environmentalist, Dave led the charge to ban new fossil fuel facilities and championed climate actions informed by voices of marginalized communities. As Chair of the Flood District, he doubled funding for habitat restoration while ensuring people remain safe.

Dave received a BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy from the University of Idaho. He grew up in South King County where he currently lives with his husband Chad and their cat, Dobby. 

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