Six Facts to know about David Smalling
David Smalling has spent the last 40 years working to support his family as an electrician, as a union member as a small business owner, from working with tools in commercial and industrial wiring to a field electrical inspector in the oil and gas fields of Texas, the US and in Iraq proudly supporting the troops. He spent a year traveling the country training the trade under the NEC.
After getting married young and raising two sons David Smalling returned to school to get his Bachelor’s Degree, graduating from College at age 48.
In 2014, David Smalling was standing on an elevated metal platform at a jobsite that had been improperly secured and it collapsed. His injuries required multiple surgeries and 10 months off work, but he’ll tell you the hardest part of recovering was dealing with the insurance companies!
David Smalling has a disabled adult son who struggles daily with severe and multiple epileptic seizures. From ensuring his educational foundation in formative years to navigating the Medicaid and SSI systems for qualified personal care assistance necessary to meet his most basic subsistence needs, promote independence, recognizing that family support is essential to sustaining his quality of life.
After his first marriage ended, David Smalling met his soulmate, Bonnie Lee. Together they maintain a house in Dallas, near his son and Bonnie’s aging parents, that David remodeled to include his wife’s perfect chili cooking kitchen, with the dogs and cats Bonnie rescues on a frequent basis.
David Smalling is a life-long Republican, National Rifle Association Life Member and has his membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers placed in the IO.
I stand behind three core principals. Those principals will guide my efforts to make policy decisions based on the will of the majority.
David Smalling believes anyone working in America deserves a safe workplace and a fair wage.
Every man and woman who contributes to the American economy is helping to build a better life for all of us. Whether they are on a job site, in our homes, or in a skyscraper, these workers should be compensated according to fair practices and know that their tasks can be completed safely. Allowing lower pay scales or dangerous conditions for undocumented workers lowers wages and safety standards for all workers and unfairly punishes businesses trying to do the right thing. Fair Labor is good for all of us.
David Smalling understands that government supported services should bolster, not degrade, our dignity.
Our Young Americans face a crisis of education, where our public schools demand each student strive for a 4 year degree and huge debt, but fail to reward the hard workers who want to learn a trade without breaking the bank. Our Elderly Americans have been promised a safe retirement system, where the most vulnerable are in danger of devastating loss if those promises are broken. Our sick and disabled deserve a system where honesty and healthfulness are incentivized instead of penalized. Fairness in service is dignity for all of us.
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