David Frockt represents the Washington State Senate’s 46th Legislative District, which comprises North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, David was chosen early on by his Democratic Caucus colleagues as Assistant Floor Leader. David has represented the 46th District in the Senate for three years since the untimely passing of Sen. Scott White. In these three years, he has served in caucus leadership as Democratic Floor Leader and, as of this year, as Deputy Democratic Leader.
In 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. In the Senate, he sponsored and helped pass the Fair Tenant Screening Act which enhanced rights for renters seeking housing.
David was lead sponsor of legislation protecting Washington’s urban lakes and waterways from stormwater runoff containing carcinogenic coal tar sealants, making Washington the first state in the country to pass a ban on the use of these products. He also sponsored legislation revising the legal standards for the lifting of long-term domestic violence protection orders to ensure protection for women. David has sponsored and passed legislation to improve student loan counseling and to support loan forgiveness for medical students and other health care providers.
He was one of the key architects of the constitutional lawsuit that resulted in the Washington Supreme Court overturning the two-thirds supermajority requirement for the legislature to raise revenues. Most recently, he has been working diligently to see that the Legislature implements the McCleary court decision and serves as a Senate Democratic representative on the Joint Task Force on Education Funding and co-chair of the legislative committee on the education finance litigation. He also takes an active and leadership role in higher education funding.
David has been a strong supporter in efforts to obtain state support for key local priorities such as Children’s Hospital as well as public schools, health clinics and food banks in his district.
Prior to coming to the Legislature, David worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as an aide to U.S. Rep. Romano Mazzoli, a senior member of the House Judiciary and Small Business committees. In this capacity, David 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 Juris Doctor from UCLA in 1998. Summer clerkships included a short stint in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and with the Seattle-based law firm of Riddell Williams, which 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 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 to accommodate his public service.
David and his wife Rebeca are celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary this year. They live in North Seattle and are the proud parents of 10-year-old twins.
University of Pennsylvania, BA, Political Science, Cum Laude, 1991
UCLA, JD, 1998