Rep. Dave Paul grew up in Enumclaw, Washington. His father was a shop steward and his mother was a para-educator and small business owner. He graduated from Seattle University and then earned a master’s degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dave is an experienced educator. Dave has taught in higher education for over 20 years, most recently helping students at Skagit Valley College where he has served for 12 years. He is currently the Director of Community Relations. Dave has a background in helping non-traditional students navigate a changing employment landscape, and he serves on the Island County Economic Development Council.

In addition to his experience with higher education, Dave also has significant experience with PreK-12 schools. Dave served on his local School Board in Ohio. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation since 2009, where he is currently President. Dave and his wife Rachel Anderson-Paul live in Oak Harbor with their four children and two dogs.

Dave’s priorities include:

  • Providing more opportunities for Washingtonians to secure family-wage jobs and lowering the burden of student debt by developing diverse pathways to work, including apprenticeships, community college, and certificate programs, as well as lowering costs for traditional four-year schools.
  • Developing the transportation infrastructure of the 10th district to support our way of life, tourism, and create jobs. This includes maintaining our ferry fleet, ensuring our bridges are safe and fully functioning, and addressing congestion points on our roadways.
  • Addressing climate change to protect our quality of life and local industries like fishing, agriculture, and tourism.
  • Funding our schools in a way that is sustainable and provides our children with the education they deserve.

Dave serves as Vice Chair of the Community & Economic Development Committee and is also on the Transportation Committee and the College & Workforce Development Committee.