David Fraser-Hidalgo has represented District 15 in Montgomery County in the House of Delegates since 2013. He is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee and is the vice-chair of the Montgomery County Delegation. He is secretary and previous vice-chair of the Legislative Latino Caucus.
David has been a resident of Montgomery County since he was 5 years old. He brings a local’s perspective to the issues and challenges that confront the people, schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in District 15. David’s background and experience place him in a unique position to work with and for other Marylanders.
A product of Montgomery County public schools, David attended Albert Einstein High School, Montgomery College, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he graduated with a degree in history. His first job after college was as a police officer in Montgomery County, where he excelled at community policing and helped develop a unit of officers who patrolled on bicycles to better interact with their communities. As a member of Lodge 35 of the Fraternal Order of Police, he gained a deep appreciation for the benefits of organized labor and the strength employee unions bring to their members and the economy.
Later, David worked for a nonprofit organization that provided educational programs focused on building future leaders for high school students around the world. This experience demonstrated that government cannot solve all problems and that an active system of nonprofit organizations is an essential part of our economic and charitable activities.
David has also been a partner in a successful small business, which allowed him an opportunity to develop the expertise to balance budgets, work with and supervise employees, and understand the financial needs of small businesses. Currently, David is a partner in an environmental consulting firm.
David is an active community and political leader in Montgomery County and has reached out to all the segments of District 15 to bridge gaps where they exist and to work with others to help all Marylanders succeed. David has been a champion on several major pieces of legislation including clean energy, banning fracking, strengthening laws on underage drinking, and industrial hemp.
In 2016 he was named Legislator of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In 2015 he was named Legislator of the Year by the League of Conservation Voters for his work on hydraulic fracking moratorium and prohibition legislation. David is a past president and vice-president of the Boyds Civic Association and is also a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, having served in many capacities. He also served as the chair of the Wheaton urban district advisory committee and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, class of 2008.
David’s significant public service activities have benefited many in Montgomery County over the years. In 2008, he was instrumental in organizing and leading a grassroots effort on behalf of the Montgomery County chamber of commerce, the Hispanic chamber of commerce of Montgomery County, and various Maryland legislators and small business leaders to repeal an ill-conceived sales tax on computer services. He has played pivotal roles in bringing community leaders and organizations together with political leaders to work on common priorities, including work with the Montgomery County minority legislative breakfast, a joint effort on behalf of the African American, Asian and Latino business communities to discuss legislative issues which impact them.
David is a widower with two wonderful children and a dog named Wally and lives in Boyds, Maryland.