Rep. Austin Davis' Biography
At an early age, Rep. Austin Davis made the decision to dedicate his life and career to public service. By the time he graduated high school in 2008, he decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh, with his sight set on pursing a degree in political science.
During his college years, Rep. 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, he 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, Rep. Davis spearheaded the county executive's vision/transition teams in the early days of the administration. He also represented the county executive in several capacities, 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.
In the House of Representatives, Rep. Davis serves in a leadership capacity as a Deputy Democratic Whip. In addition, he serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee as well as the House Insurance Committee and the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
Rep. Davis was appointed to the Port Authority of Allegheny County board of directors by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody. He 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, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh, and Auberle.
In 2015, Rep. 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, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Gentleman of Excellence in Government Award, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s 2019 Alumnus of Distinction, and the H. John Heinz III Award for Community Service.
It's no secret that Rep. 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.
Rep. Davis currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis.