David Frockt represents the 46th District in the Washington state senate, which primarily comprises North Seattle. First elected to the state house of representatives in 2010, David was elected early on by his Democratic Caucus colleagues as Assistant Floor Leader, a rare responsibility given to a rookie member of the State House. Following the untimely passing of Sen. Scott White in October of 2011, the Metropolitan King County Council voted unanimously to appoint David to represent the 46th District in the state senate, where ne now serves in caucus leadership as the Democratic Floor Leader.
His freshman year in the House, David hit the ground running by playing a key role in drafting parts of the landmark Foreclosure Fairness Act that provided bank financed housing counseling and mediation to Washington homeowners in financial distress.
He was lead sponsor of legislation protecting Washington’s urban lakes and waterways from storm water runoff containing carcinogenic coal tar sealants making Washington the first state in the country to pass a ban on the use of these products which are being recognized as a growing environmental and health threat. He was also the lead sponsor of legislation revising the legal standards for the lifting of long term domestic violence protection orders to insure that women were protected. David also passed legislation designed to lead to a more efficient regulatory environment for public schools in Seattle and around the state to host pre and after school programs.
David was proud to help procure a capital appropriation for Children’s Hospital and fought to restore a key funding formula for the hospital to backfill funds lost due to Medicaid rate payment cuts. He was also one of the key architects in the House for HB 2078, which would have ended a significant tax loophole for interest on first mortgages held by major out of state banks. David is also a strong advocate for funding early childhood education programs and was one of six legislators to sponsor an amendment to the House Budget that would have restored cuts in teacher pay.
Prior to coming to the Legislature, David worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as an aide to US Rep Romano Mazzoli, a senior member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees. In this position, he worked on a variety of issues including consumer protection from misleading tobacco advertising, campaign finance reform and minority small business development. He also served as the main press aide for Rep. Mazzoli.
In the mid-1990s, David moved to California to work in public policy and marketing for a telecommunications firm. He subsequently worked at the University of California, San Francisco School of Public Health as a research assistant on a project that analyzed the use of tobacco industry sponsored science on the debate surrounding the health effects of secondhand smoke. He returned to law school in 1995 and earned his JD from UCLA in 1998. Summer clerkships included a short stint in the civil division of the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and with the Seattle based law firm of Riddell Williams, who then hired him on as an associate lawyer in 1998.
From 1998 to 2000, David practiced employment and business law at Riddell. Subsequently, he moved over to another practice where he eventually became one of the principal litigation partners. That firm, Bergman, Draper & Frockt, is now the leading Northwest law firm representing asbestos cancer victims, many of whom were union workers from the industrial trades in shipyards, power plants, refineries and paper mills around the Puget Sound. David is not currently a partner in the firm but is affiliated in “of counsel” status.
David and his wife Rebeca will be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary this year. They live in North Seattle and are the proud parents of ten year old twins.
University of Pennsylvania, BA, Political Science, Cum Laude, 1991
UCLA, JD, 1998