Rep. Austin Davis' Biography
Rep. Austin Davis took the oath of office to serve the people of the Mon Valley on February 5, 2018. When he was sworn in, Davis became the first African American to serve as state representative for the 35th Legislative District in Allegheny County.
Currently, Davis is serving as chair of the Allegheny County Delegation and vice chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, as well as serving on the House Appropriations Committee, House Consumer Affairs Committee, House Insurance Committee and House Transportation Committee. Davis is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Climate Caucus and PA SAFE Caucus.
Davis is a fighter for economic equality, lifting people out of poverty and fair funding for education, and is committed to bettering the lives of people in the Mon Valley.
A lifelong resident of McKeesport, Davis knew from an early age he wanted to dedicate his life and career to public service. In high school, he founded and served as chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council under McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster. Davis studied political science at the University of Pittsburgh and was a legislative intern at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. By the age of 21, the Tribune-Review called him “a veteran at the politics of helping others.”
In 2012, Davis served as an executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, spearheading the office’s vision/transition teams in the early days of the administration and serving as Fitzgerald’s representative on the Jail Oversight Board; the Kane Foundation; the Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Board; and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.
Davis has held a variety of positions over the years, including:
- United States delegate to the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015.
- Delegate to the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions.
- Board member of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and Auberle.
Davis has received several awards for his work in government and within the community, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40, 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.
Davis currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis.