Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1963
Birth Place: Sullivan, IN,
Residence: Washington, IN
Dave Crooks was born in Sullivan, Ind., grew up in Graysville, and now lives in Washington. His mother was a factory worker and his father worked in the maintenance department of a local power plant. Crooks worked as a teenager on farms during summers and began working at a radio station at age 17.
Crooks owns and is president of Washington, Ind.-based DLC Media, which owns and operates WAMW-AM and WAMW-FM in Washington and operates WFML-FM in Vincennes. He had his own radio program until he decided to run for Congress.
He served in the Indiana House from 1996 to 2008.
Crooks and his wife, Shelley, have three children.
In December 2011, Democratic leaders from Indiana's 8th District met in Vincennes to pick their preferred candidate in an attempt to avoid a costly primary fight. They selected Dave Crooks, who went on to win the May 2012 Democratic primary, defeating two other candidates with 59 percent of the vote. One of his opponents was a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based bankruptcy attorney who had never been to Indiana; the other didn't actively campaign.
When Crooks announced he was running for Congress, he said he wanted to make sure southern and western Indiana has a representative "who stands up for good-paying jobs, affordable health insurance and quality education, not cutting Medicare and shutting down the government on a whim."
He says his top priority in Congress would be cutting spending and reducing the debt. He says these acts could be accomplished by cutting bureaucratic red tape, ending wasteful programs and consolidating agencies. He supports a balanced budget amendment.
Crooks says he would help create new jobs by working to eliminate unnecessary regulations, make it easier for entrepreneurs to get access to loans and provide tax credits for small businesses that make capital investments and hire new workers.
Crooks says the country needs to expand its production of traditional sources of energy, such as coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power.
He opposes the types of changes Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed for Medicare and other entitlement programs.
Crooks served six terms in the Indiana House and was chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Utilities Committee when he decided to step down, saying his family life and growing business interests left too little time for politics.
While serving in the Indiana House, he worked to get House and Senate proceedings and committee meetings broadcast online. He also sponsored a law that requires metal dealers to get photo identification from people selling scrap metal and retain copies to help deter thieves.
Source: Associated Press