D. B. ChandreGowda was born in Daradahalli, Mudigere taluk, Chikkamagalur district, Karnataka.
He was elected as Vice President of Renukacharya College Students Association in Bangalore. Then he moved on to the R.L Law College, and soon became the General Secretary of the R.L. Law College. Key lessons in leadership and values he learnt from these experiences have stayed with him ever since.
In 1973 he was elected to represent Chickmagalur constituency in the Parliament. He made every effort to become the true voice of his constituency in the parliament.