Pacific Northwest native Dave Upthegrove is ready to be the environmental champion voters in Washington are asking for. As a King County Councilmember, Dave has made environmental stewardship a priority-- sponsoring legislation to restore salmon habitat along the Green River, and supporting Duwamish River cleanup efforts.
Before being elected to the King County Council, Dave represented South King County for twelve years in the Washington State House of Representatives. During that time he served as Chair of the Select Committee on Puget Sound and Chair of the House Environment Committee.
While in the House, Dave was named legislator of the year by the Washington Conservation Voters in 2011, and the NW Marine Trade Association in 2012 in recognition for his work as “a leader on environmental issues.”
Dave has a B.A. in Environmental Conservation with a minor in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Idaho. He currently lives with his husband Chad in Des Moines.
Upthegrove’s environmental roots run deep in Washington State. His late grandfather. Jim Casey, was the Planning Director for the US Bureau of Reclamation in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For his work on the establishment of the Rosa Irrigation District, Dave’s grandfather was given the key to the City of Yakima.