David J. Toscano served seven terms in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. First elected in 2005, David held the seat once occupied by Thomas Jefferson in the House of Burgesses. David served as the Democratic Leader in the House of Delegates (a position elected by his peers) from 2011 through 2018. In addition to his various House Committee assignments during his fourteen years in the legislature (Commerce and Labor, Courts of Justice, Rules, and Transportation), David served on the Virginia Disability Commission, the Council on Virginia’s Future, the Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (retiring as vice chair), the Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel.
As a state legislator, David’s priorities included education, renewable energy, and the environment. He fought for Medicaid expansion for years, and advocated for affordable access to health care, reproductive rights, expanded services for the disabled and poor, and reforms to Virginia’s adoption and foster care laws. For his work in the House of Delegates, David was recognized by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters as a “Legislative Hero” in environmental matters, and held 100% ratings from NARAL-Virginia and the Virginia Education Association.
Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, David received his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College. After moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1981, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. He has taught politics and sociology at various colleges and universities, including Boston College, University of Maryland (European Division), PVCC, University of Virginia, and James Madison University.
David is an attorney, specializing in family law and real estate. He served on the Charlottesville City Council from 1990 to 2002 and as Mayor from 1994 to 1996. He is an active member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community, and has served on the Boards of Directors for the United Way of Greater Charlottesville and the Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle. David and his wife, Nancy Tramontin, reside in Charlottesville.