About David Oh

David Oh is a Republican Councilman At-Large. He was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in
2015. He was the top vote-getter in both primaries. On Council, David serves as Minority Whip
and Chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities & the Creative/Innovative Economy. He is
the only veteran on Council.
From the very start, David has taken on Philadelphia’s most pressing issues. He introduced bills
which became law establishing Philadelphia’s Veteran’s Employment Tax Credit (employers
who hire returning veterans for three years get $15,000 off their business taxes) and protecting
nursing mothers from being fired or harassed for pumping breast milk at work and requires that
employers provide a clean, secure room for pumping whenever possible. He introduced a bill
which set aside %64 million to honor the City’s contract with its firefighters. David also
introduced bills to lower the wage tax by $100 million over 11 years, reform public education
based on global best practices, address the pension problem, attract new employers, make
local government more transparent and accountable, collect delinquent taxes, protect
homeowners from squatters, create a student debt tax credit and fund Community College of
Philadelphia as required by state law. David has traveled at his own expense to meet with top
executives of major corporations about locating or investing in Philadelphia.


David is leading the fight to ensure local government is compliant with the law and accountable
to the people. He introduced bills to reject inaccurate and illegal property assessments and
resulting tax increases, return local control of the City’s on-street parking program and its
revenue, and stop the practice by the Department of Human Services of removing children
from families based on gut feelings without evidence. David is a champion for small businesses
and organized a Small Business Council to help small businesses fight the many taxes, penalties
and regulations that are putting them out of business.
David has been very involved in the community over a long period of time. He served in the
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant D.A., served in the U.S. Army and started a
volunteer free legal services program. David served on numerous boards and commissions
including First Philadelphia Commercial Bank, PHEC Board overseeing Hahnemann University,
Nazareth Hospital, Crime Prevention Association, Nazareth Academy High School, Community
College of Philadelphia, Monte Jade Science & Technology Association: Mid-Atlantic Chapter,
Philadelphia Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, Alumni
Association of Central High School, Walnut Street Theater, WYBE Public Television, Welcoming
Center for New Pennsylvanians, Tribune Charities and the Federal Judicial Nominating
Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. David served as Chairman of the
Hajdak-Mokan (Phila) Chapter: 82nd Airborne Division Association. He is a Life Member of both
the 82nd Airborne Division Association and the Special Forces Association.
David is married to Hee Sun. They have four children, Hannah (12), Joshua (9), Daniel (8) and
Sarah (5).

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