Dave Van Kesteren has been an MP since 2006 when he was elected in the riding of Chatham-Kent–Essex. Van Kesteren is the child of Dutch immigrants. He is the owner of Van Kesteren Auto Sales, a Hyundai dealership that he founded as an auto body shop in 1987.
When he was initially elected Van Kesteren was named to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. He has also been a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology; the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans; the Standing Committee on the Status of Women; Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Subcommittee on Oil and Gas and other Energy Prices. He has also served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Canadian Industrial Sectors. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade.
After the 2015 election he was chosen by his caucus colleagues as the Chair of the Ontario Conservative Caucus. In the 41st Parliament Van Kesteren was a member of the Standing Committee on Finance. He introduced Private Member’s Bill C-591, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (pension and benefits). The bill received royal assent in 2014.
Van Kesteren is the founder and Chair of the Canadian Trucking Industry Caucus. He is an active member on numerous Parliamentary Associations and Inter-parliamentary Groups. He is a charter member of the Chatham Sunrise Rotary Club and the past president of the Chatham Christian Business Association.
Van Kesteren was born and raised in Chatham. He is married with eight children and 21 grandchildren.