By Donna Parker
Not many people have their own Web page, name emblazoned just above the words, “For United States Congress” There’s one page that features Trinity’s own David Schlosser ’90, running for office in the Arizona 1st Congressional District.
“Running as a third-party candidate is a tremendous challenge,” says David. “In most people’s frame of reference, there are only two parties, so I put a lot of time into explaining that I’m a Libertarian.”
“You may not always agree with me, but you’ll always know exactly where I stand.”
Life for David Schlosser has been all politics, all the time. He was a political science major at Trinity and active in student government and earned his master’s degree at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin. Shortly thereafter, a rare opportunity came his way.
“At the age of 25, I ran a statewide, very successful political campaign.”
So, it comes as no surprise that when David, a devoted student of public policy, looked around Arizona and determined that the voters had no choice, he gave them one by throwing his hat in the proverbial ring.
It’s not as though he has nothing else to do. He’s a newlywed. He is employed as a public relations/marketing expert for Advanced Micro Devices. He also hikes and is a voracious reader. It’s just that…David loves politics.
“I do credit Trinity for preparing me with liberal thinking. A liberal arts education is the foundation of being successful in politics, as it teaches critical thinking and analysis.”
One of the best perks of politics, says David, came when he was moving from city to city and state to state doing political work.
“No matter where I went, I could look up somebody from Trinity!”
He’s devoted to his school and cites as a highlight “the lifelong friends that I made” David remains connected through chapter activities. He actually had the chance to attend Harvard, but a student told him he’d never lay eyes on a professor – only teaching assistants.
“I wanted access to faculty and people who had knowledge in their chosen field of study.”
He found it in Ton De Vos from the department of political science. David recalls Dr. De Vos as “a talented professor who motivated us to understand how things work and why things are the way they are.” Coleen Grissom, professor of English, “made us read a novel a week and write a one-pager on it, which afforded me the ability to communicate concisely.”
These are skills that will serve him well in the critical months leading up to the election, but even if David Schlosser isn’t the voters’ choice, he’s already realized his greatest achievement.
“That would be meeting and marrying someone who I love and will spend my life with.”
Now there’s a candidate, no matter which party, with his heart in just the right place.