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On January 23rd, 2018, Austin Davis was elected State Representative of Pennsylvania's 35th District. When he was sworn in on February 5th, 2018, he became the first African American to serve as State Representative for the 35th District.
At an early age, Austin knew that he wanted to dedicate his life and career to public service. While in high school, he founded and served as Chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council under McKeesport Mayor, James Brewster. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a degree in Political Science. While in college, Austin was hired as a Legislative Intern by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. At the age of 21, the Tribune Review called him “a veteran at the politics of helping others.”
In 2012, Austin began serving on Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's Executive team as an Executive Assistant to the County Executive. In this role, Austin spearheaded the County Executive’s Vision/ Transition teams early in the administration. Austin also represents the County Executive in a number of capacities including serving as Mr. Fitzgerald’s representative on the Jail Oversight Board, the Kane Foundation, the Minority, Women, and Disadvantage Business Enterprise Advisory Board, and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.
Austin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, The Consortium for Public Education, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh, and Auberle.
Austin met his best friend and wife, Blayre Holmes, at the August Wilson Center in 2012. The two were married September 1st, 2017. They live in Austin's lifelong hometown, McKeesport.