David Shapiro: Always On Our Side
As an attorney for more than 30 years, David has spent his career protecting Floridians from predatory insurance companies, government incompetence, and big corporations — and he plans to take that fight to Washington, where career politicians have failed to protect Florida families time and time again. David will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, stand up for our veterans, fix our healthcare system, fight for our environment, and work for real tax reform that helps middle class families without blowing up the deficit like Washington has already done.
David’s passion in life to tirelessly defend people who may have never had a voice, comes from his parents.
David’s father was a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Upon his return from active duty, he started several small businesses and eventually found his passion as a home builder for working families. In addition to raising three children, David’s mother became a successful real estate agent.
While neither of his parents went to college, they instilled in David and his two sisters the value of education, hard work and treating all people with respect. Growing up in a hardworking family, David began working early, starting at the family’s dry cleaning business when he was just eleven years old. He continued to work through college and law school, doing everything from bussing tables to selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door.
David is an active member of our community, and served as the Treasurer and Vice President of Children First, an early education head start program. As a small business owner, he is a Trustee member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Film Festival, and Temple Emanu-el. He also served on the advisory board of the West Coast Black Theater Troupe.
David and his wife Robin, who grew up in Sarasota, have been married for nearly 30 years and are the proud parents of three adult children: Adam, Zachary, and Marissa.
David is running for Congress because he knows that the dysfunction in Washington needs to end. He has spent his professional life fighting for justice, and working to find common ground and real solutions. As a Congressman, David will be committed to making healthcare more affordable for our seniors and middle-class, creating jobs for the 21st Century, and protecting our most valuable resource, the environment. That’s what he’s done for the past 33 years as a lawyer, and that’s what he intends to do in Congress.