A resident of Wausau since 1985, Dave Anderson is originally from Hazelhurst and is a 1978 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and German. He started his professional career as a German Teacher at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua. While teaching, he was elected to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and was a Supervisor, and later Chairman, for the Town of Hazelhurst.
Having retired as the Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in 2018, Anderson’s previous state government experience includes roles as Director of the Governor’s Northern Office in Hayward and Director of Appointment for Governor Tommy Thompson. He served as a Policy Advisor and was the Assistant Deputy Secretary (previously known as Executive Assistant) at the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. He was also the Policy Director for Governor Scott McCallum in 2002 before moving to the private sector as the Government Relations Director for the Ruder Ware Law Firm in Wausau.
During his career, Anderson was also the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Robert W. Kasten, Jr., and District Director for both Congressman Sean Duffy of Wausau and Congressman Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.
An active Rotarian since 1989, Anderson is currently President of the Wausau Early Birds Rotary Club and will become District Governor for Rotary District 6220 in 2022. He was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Wausau and the Fond du Lac Rotary Club.
Anderson is a member of the Lakeland Union High School District Foundation Board and the Camp Five Museum Foundation Board. He is a former member and President of the Board of Directors of the UW-Superior Foundation and the Circus World Museum Foundation and is also a former member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the UW-Superior Alumni Association.
He has been Secretary and President of the Wausau Area Taxpayers League and has been a member of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Advisory Board for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS). He has also served on the boards of Wisconsin Rural Partners, the Wisconsin Campus Compact, the Lakeland Care District, the Wausau Boys and Girls Club, and Kids Voting Wisconsin/Marathon County.