David was born on October 5, 1973, in Cherokee to Tom and Doris Dawson. He grew up in Washta, which is known as the “Coldest Spot in Iowa” because of the January 12, 1912 record cold temperature of -47 degrees. David’s father and mother worked together at Dawson’s Cropmate, a fertilizer business his father owned for many years in Washta. He attended Willow Community High School in Quimby, Iowa from 1988 to 1992.
He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from 1992 to 1996. He graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Psychology and with minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice.
David attended the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law from 1996 to 1999, where he received his law degree. In August 2002, he moved to Sioux City to become a prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.
While a prosecutor, David served on state and local committees dedicated to improving child welfare, delinquency, and juvenile court laws and policies. He was on the Woodbury County Disproportionate
Minority Contact (DMC) Committee from 2005 to 2010; the Woodbury County Community
Collaboration Team from 2007 to 2010; the Woodbury County Detention Reform Committee from 2008 to 2009; and the Iowa County Attorney’s Association Juvenile Justice Committee from 2008 to 2010.
While a county employee, he was a union member with AFSCME from 2003 to 2010.
David has been a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City since 2003. He served as a church elder from 2005 to 2008 and has been a member of the adult choir since 2003.
In March 2010, David began his own law office in Sioux City where he continues to advocate for children and families. His office is located in the Frances Building in downtown Sioux City.
In 2012, David married Liza Hinze. She has two children, Kaleb, who is 4, and Kali, who is 3. Their home is located in the Woodbury Heights area on the Westside of Sioux City.