About Dave Pinto
Dave, his wife Abby, and his two sons live in Highland Park. For more than a decade, Dave has worked in District 64B alongside us – at meetings and countless door knocks and phone banks – to create the progressive vision we share.
Education and Early Public Service
Dave grew up just a couple miles north of the district, in Falcon Heights. Following graduation from Roseville Area High School, he attended Harvard University, earning a degree in government with honors, then served in Congressman Bruce Vento’s office and in the Clinton White House. He obtained graduate degrees in law and management from the University of Virginia, where he received the Raven Award, the highest award granted by the University’s honor society.
Following law school, Dave served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana E. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the first woman to be appointed a federal district judge in Minnesota.
Dave joined the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., where he later received an award — for “extraordinary commitment” to legal services for the needy — for contributing hundreds of hours of free legal services to disadvantaged individuals and non-profit organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, the St. Paul Parks Conservancy, and Friends of the Mississippi River.
Today, Dave is a prosecutor in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
A Champion for Kids
Dave has long been a champion for our children. As a lawyer in private practice, Dave took on a suburban high school that was discriminating against its LGBT students – forcing the school to give equal treatment. At the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Dave led a team of attorneys prosecuting domestic violence involving children, and now focuses on juvenile sex trafficking.
In September 2013, Dave was honored for this work with an inaugural “Inspire Award” from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
Commitment to Community
Dave is a member of AFSCME Council 5. He has served on St. Paul’s Long-Term Capital Improvement Budget Committee, as well as the Highland District Council and the boards of Partners for Violence Prevention and the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation.