Legislator. Volunteer. Law student.

Raised in Pierce County, David Sawyer graduated from Rogers High School in Puyallup. He attended Central Washington University, where he studied Political Science as well as Geography and Land Studies. After college, he worked in Washington D.C. for Senator Maria Cantwell before moving back to the Washington state to work on his first political campaign.

David was one of the first 25 staffers on the ground in Iowa to work for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Next, he returned to Washington state to work on the gubernatorial campaign and later ran a campaign for Attorney General.

David and his business partner then started a small consulting business and represented clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He has been an active volunteer in his community, volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and serving on the board of a program sponsored by the United Way. He also participated in Habitat for Humanity projects in Guatemala.

When not working in Olympia, David works full time at Sadler Ladenburg as a Law Clerk/Law Student under the A.P.R. 6 Law a Clerk program through the Washington State Bar Association. After completing the program, David will take the bar exam to become an attorney.

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  • Sawyer bill would fund law enforcement efforts to stop child pornography and exploitation | News - January 12, 2018
    OLYMPIA – A measure that would provide a much-needed boost to law enforcement in the fight against child pornography and exploitation had a public hearing today in the House Finance committee. House Bill 2389, sponsored by Rep. David Sawyer (D-Tacoma),... READ MORE
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing on bill recognizing October 12 as indigenous peoples’ day rather than Columbus day | News - January 10, 2018
    Who:     Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, prime sponsor of HB 2267 What:   Public hearing in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs on HB 2267, recognizing indigenous peoples’ day When:  Thursday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m. Where: House... READ MORE
  • Statement from House Commerce and Gaming Chair David Sawyer (D-Tacoma) on USDOJ’s decision to rescind policy allowing Washington state to implement legalized and regulated marijuana market | News - January 4, 2018
    “Today the Trump Administration reversed years of federal policy that has enabled states like Washington to implement a legal marijuana market as the voters directed us to do in 2012. Over the past few years, legislators have worked in a... READ MORE
  • September Newsletter from Rep. David Sawyer | E-newsletters - September 28, 2017
    The voter approval of Sound Transit 3 resulted in skyrocketing car tab fees. While ST3 provides one solution to the traffic gridlock throughout the Puget Sound area, the tax increases burden families all across Pierce County. Many of you are... READ MORE
  • Rep. David Sawyer appointed to Washington State Gambling Commission | News - February 16, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, has been appointed to the Washington State Gambling Commission. The Commission acts as the licensing, regulatory and enforcement program for gambling within the state. It is the second-oldest gambling regulatory agency in the nation.... READ MORE
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