Dave McCurdy was elected President of Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) in October of 1998 and oversees the activities of the national trade organization that includes 2,500 member companies whose products and services range from the smallest electronics components to the most complex systems used by government and industry, including the full range of consumer products. The Alliance is a partnership of electronic and high-tech associations and companies whose mission is promoting the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high tech-industry through domestic and international policy efforts. Mr. McCurdy is consistently listed and profiled as one of the most influential association executives and lobbyists in such publications as Washingtonian magazine and The Hill newspaper.
Mr. McCurdy came to EIA after a distinguished career in the United States House of Representatives, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the McCurdy Group L.L.C., a successful business consulting and investment practice. The McCurdy Group provided business strategies and solutions for high technology and healthcare business clients.
Congressman McCurdy spent 14 years (1981-1995) in the House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. He attained numerous leadership positions including: Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Chairman of the Military Installations and Facilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee; and Chairman of the Transportation Aviation and Materials Subcommittee of the Science and Space Committee. He was the youngest person in Congressional history to chair a full committee. He was also co-founder and national Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.
As a House Member, Congressman McCurdy played a major role in enacting numerous important legislative initiatives including: 1988 National Superconductivity Competitiveness Act; the 1985 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which reorganized the Department of Defense; the Nunn-McCurdy Amendment of 1982, requiring Congressional notification of DoD cost overruns of 15% or more; and the 1993 National Service Legislation, which originated in a bill introduced by Congressman McCurdy and Senator Nunn.
A 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. McCurdy received his J.D. in 1975 from Oklahoma's Law School. He also studied international economics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow. Mr. McCurdy held a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of major and serving as a Judge Advocate General (JAG).