David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their three young sons, William (born September 2002), Robert (born October 2004) and Henry (born December 2008). All three boys were born at Watford General Hospital.
David was born in 1971 and was educated at Northgate High School, a state comprehensive in Ipswich, and read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a Parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and worked for a leading City firm until his election as MP for South West Hertfordshire on 5 May 2005.
David’s interests outside his political activities and family include cricket, football (he is a lifelong Ipswich Town supporter), reading and country walks.
David has been an active member of the Conservative Party since 1993 as a Council candidate, association officer and campaign organiser. In 2001, David was the Conservative Parliamentary candidate in Brent East, reducing the Labour majority by nearly 3,000. In 2003, David was selected as the Parliamentary candidate for Hertfordshire South West (defeating over 200 other applicants), following the announcement that Richard Page was to retire at the next General Election and was elected in 2005 with a majority of 8,473.
He made his maiden speech on 9 June 2005 during the Second Reading of the Consumer Credit Bill. In his period as an opposition backbencher, David highlighted a number of constituency concerns in Parliament, such as crime and anti-social behaviour, erosion of the green belt, threats to local healthcare services and burdensome regulations. In 2006-7 he completed the Parliamentary Police Scheme, spending 22 days with Hertfordshire Constabulary.
In February 2006, David was appointed to the Treasury Select Committee which he then left in June 2007 when appointed to the Shadow Treasury team.
In the 2010 General Election, David was re-elected with a substantially increased majority of 14,920. Shortly afterwards, David was appointed as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, at the time the youngest Conservative minister in the Government. In July 2014 he was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury. In Parliament, he has led for the Government on five Finance Bills and the National Insurance Contributions Bill. As Minister, he has had an important role in reducing tax avoidance and tax evasion, as well as making the UK tax system more competitive. In July 2016 he was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
David is a Patron of the Hospice of St Francis, the Watford Peace Hospice and the Three Rivers Museum. He writes regularly for the Croxley, Rickmansworth and Chorleywood editions of My Local News magazines and The Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette.