He was first elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for East Yarra Province in 1996 and re-elected in 2002. In 2006, David was elected a member of the new Southern Metropolitan Region and was re-elected in 2010 , 2014 and 2018. David’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Applied Philosophy). From December 2002 until December 2005, David was Shadow Minister for Health. He has also held Shadow Ministerial responsibility for Planning, Local Government, Manufacturing & Exports, Small Business, Industry & State Development, Major Projects and Environment &Climate Change. He was also the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Shadow Minister responsible for Scrutiny of Government. From 2010-2014 David served as Minister for Health and Minister for Ageing.