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David grew up on the Texas-New Mexico border, about a mile from the Sunland Park Racetrack. His mother taught English as a Second Language at El Paso High School, and his father was a graduate student at New Mexico State University. David’s parents taught him to work hard, obtain a good education, and treat all people with respect.
From an early age, David learned to cherish New Mexico’s public lands. His parents took him hiking in the Organ Mountains before he was old enough to walk. His grandfather, a Presbyterian minister, baptized him in the Gila River. His uncle, a scientist in Albuquerque, took David bird watching at Bosque del Apache. Growing up, David spent countless hours exploring the natural beauty of southern New Mexico, from White Sands to City of Rocks to Carlsbad Caverns to the Lincoln National Forest.
From these experiences, David developed a passion for conservation. After obtaining a biology degree from Arizona State University, David enrolled at Harvard Law School, where he focused on environmental law and completed internships with the Sierra Club, the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
After graduating from Harvard, David completed a one-year fellowship at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this position, David defended environmental initiatives in front of the D.C. Circuit, the second most powerful court in the nation. He met with members of the Obama White House to discuss the policies underlying the United States’ entry into the Paris Climate Agreement. And he testified before EPA on how to reduce air pollution from airplanes.
Most recently, David served as a law clerk to two federal judges. In this capacity, David helped decide major civil rights cases. He wrote opinions that allowed disabled Americans to obtain the benefits they’d earned. And he was a tireless defender of our constitutional rights. David lives in Las Cruces, where he has his own law practice.