David Sweet was first elected as the MP for Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale in 2006. The riding was re-distributed in 2015 and Sweet was re-elected in Flamborough–Glanbrook. Following the election Sweet was elected as Conservative National Caucus Chair. It is the first time this position has been elected.
Sweet is outspoken on human rights abuses and is vice-chair of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. In 2014 Sweet introduced a Private Member’s Bill, C-479, An Act to Bring Fairness for Victims of Violent Offenders. The bill received all party support and became law in April 2015.
During his time in government, Sweet has also served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs. Sweet was a founding member of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism. He has also served as Chair of the Canada-Israel Inter-parliamentary Group, of which he is currently vice-chair. He was honoured by the Hamilton Jewish Federation in 2012 for his work.
Before entering federal politics Sweet owned a management consulting business offering training services for corporate, public and not-for-profit clients. He was also the former CEO of Promise Keepers Canada, an evangelical organization for Christian men. He has spoken out in the House of Commons against abortion and marriage equality.
Sweet is married and has six grown children and four grandchildren. He is a Knight of the Order of St. George, an international organization that focuses on charitable works supporting veterans.