Despite the doctor honorific David Clark does not have a medical degree. He studied German and Theology before going on to complete a PhD on the work of German/New Zealand refugee and Christian existentialist Helmut Rex.
He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1997. His work history includes a spell as warden of Selwyn College at Otago University, and as a Treasury analyst working on youth affairs.
Clark's mother was a GP in South Auckland and his father owned a small business.
Dunedin North, the seat Clark represents is an interesting seat. Staunchly Labour, but also the home to Otago University, the Otago Medical School and Dunedin Hospital. University students and staff, and hospital staff make up a significant number of voters. The only time since 1922 that the Labour Party has not held the seat was when they lost it in 1975 with a candidate that did not suit the educated nature of the seat.
As well as Minister of Health, Clark is Associate Minister of Finance. Jenny Salesa MP for Manukau East is Associate Minister of Health. Her Pacifica and South Auckland background should balance Clark's academic nature.
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