E. David Christine, Jr.E. David Christine, Jr. is the longest-serving District Attorney of Monroe County, Pennsylvania since the Office of District Attorney was first created by the Commonwealth in 1850.

David served as District Attorney from 1987 to 1991 and then again from 2004 through his retirement at the end of 2023.

Following David’s retirement, current District Attorney Mike Mancuso appointed David as District Attorney Emeritus where he continues to serve the citizens of Monroe County as a mentor to newly-appointed Assistant District Attorneys.

Family Background

Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, David Christine is a seventh generation descendant of Philip Bossard, the first European pioneer to settle in Cherry Valley in 1745. David grew up on the family farm located only a few miles away from the Bossard homestead.

Born into a family with a proud reputation for public and community service, David is the son and namesake of the late Elmer D. Christine, Sr., Esquire and the late Dee Gregory Christine.

Elmer D. Christine, Sr. served as District Attorney of Monroe County from 1952 through 1955. One of the longest serving attorneys in the history of Monroe County, Elmer Christine held the position of member of the Monroe County Bar Association for 63 years at the time of his death in 2004.

A dedicated volunteer for many community and charitable organizations, Dee Christine volunteered at Pocono Medical Center for more than 50 years.

Mr. Christine’s brother, Greg, previously served one term as a Monroe County Commissioner and continued to serve the county as Chief Clerk for many years.

Educational Background

A 1975 graduate of Stroudsburg High School, David Christine graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Law in 1979. He graduated as a dean’s scholar from the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1981 and returned to Cherry Valley to fulfill his lifelong dream of practicing law with his father.

Legal Career

David Christine first began working as a prosecutor in 1982, for District Attorney James F. Marsh, who became his mentor in the field of criminal prosecution. When he succeeded Attorney Marsh as the District Attorney in 1988, Christine, at age 30, was the youngest District Attorney ever elected in Monroe County.

In addition to his career as a criminal prosecutor, David Christine practiced civil law with his father for 23 years at the law firm of Christine & Christine, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. District Attorney Christine has been a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Monroe County for more than thirty-eight years.