David Trone’s story is an American story. Born in Cheverly, Maryland, David’s mother was a teacher and his father was a salesman for Trans World Airlines. When David was 11, his dad moved the family to start a working farm near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. With no indoor plumbing for a year and a father with no experience in farming, David and his brothers carried much of the load, collecting eggs, cleaning hog pens and chicken houses, and all the other work a farm requires.
David knows what it’s like to face financial insecurity and lose your home, because that’s what happened to his family. His father went into bankruptcy and lost the family farm. David worked hard, took out student loans, and graduated from the Wharton School of Business with an MBA – but more importantly, that’s where he met his wife June, a fellow MBA student.
In Congress, David has helped lead the fight for progressive priorities like raising the minimum wage and passing the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant climate legislation in U.S. history. He has championed the fight against addiction and the mental health crisis, forming the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force, a 140-member group that passed 26 bills into law to help turn the tide on the over 100,000 American lives we lost to overdose last year alone. And David is the leader of the new Second Chance Task Force to promote policies that will improve reentry outcomes for returning citizens – working to implement the First Step Act, clear eligible criminal records, and ‘ban the box’ on job applications.
Throughout his career, David has put people over politics, rejecting contributions from PACs, lobbyists, and corporations. Since his election in 2018, David has focused his attention on fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including addiction, criminal justice reform, the mental health crisis, medical research, and education.
David knows the importance of a good job, because he built a business that has created thousands. Prior to entering public service, David had a successful career in business as founder of Total Wine & More, the largest independent wine and spirits retailer in the country. He started his business as employee number one, with a single store while attending college on student loans, eventually growing into more than 250 stores in over 28 states with 12,000 team members.
Long before he entered public service, David was making a difference in people’s lives and knew that success only means something if you give back. Total Wine & More was one of the first to ban the box – hiring over 1400 returning citizens to date – and provide partner benefits for all team members. Everyone who works for the company can take advantage of cost-free education benefits, including earning a college degree. The company has donated tens of millions to support tens of thousands of local, state, and national charity organizations. David and his family have been strong supporters of the American Civil Liberties Union, where the Trone Center for Justice and Equality is the focus of the ACLU’s activities on criminal justice reform. The family’s foundation has supported organizations working on mental health and substance use treatment, education, and medical research.
Today, David lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife June. They have four adult children and one grandchild along with two golden doodles: Lyndon and Hubert.