Rep. Austin Davis' Biography
At an early age, Rep. Austin Davis made the decision to dedicate his life and career to public service. In high school, he founded and served as chairman of McKeesport Mayor James Brewster's Youth Advisory Council. By the time he graduated high school in 2008, Davis decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh, with his sight set on pursing a degree in political science.
During his college years, Davis was hired as a legislative intern by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. By 21, the Tribune Review hailed him “a veteran at the politics of helping others.” Post-college, Davis accepted a position with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, where he served as an executive assistant to the county executive's office.
In this capacity, Davis spearheaded the county executive's vision/transition teams in the early days of the administration. He also represented the county executive in a number of ways, including serving as Fitzgerald’s representative on the Jail Oversight Board, the Kane Foundation, the Minority, Women, and Disadvantage Business Enterprise Advisory Board, and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.
Additionally, Davis currently serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Housing Authority board of commissioners; he served as the liaison between municipal/elected officials and the county executive's office; and he was responsible for constituent services and many other day-to-day functions at the county executive's office.
Outside of this role, Davis is actively involved and currently serving as the vice chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, as well as on the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, The Consortium for Public Education, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh, and Auberle.
In 2015, Davis served as United States Delegate to the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. He also was a member of the Rules and By-Laws committee during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
To date, he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in government and within the community, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 award, the Josh Gibson Foundation Civil Service award, the McKeesport NAACP Character Leadership award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Gentleman of Excellence in Government Award.
It's no secret that Davis enjoys his service to the residents of the 35th Legislative District. Whether it's within the community or abroad, his commitment to bettering the lives of those in distressed communities is unwavering, and he plans to continue his career in public service by representing constituents in his district to the best of his ability.
Davis currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Davis.