David Agema

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David Agema
Born (1949-02-11) February 11, 1949 (age 65)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American
Education Calvin College
Central Michigan University
Occupation Politician
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Barb Agema
Children 3

David Agema (born February 11, 1949) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Presently a member of the Republican National Committee and the chairman of the Top Gun Republican political action committee, he is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Agema, formerly a commercial pilot for American Airlines, is a Vietnam Era veteran. He currently resides in Grandville, Michigan.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Agema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 11, 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University in 1975.[1] He served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.[1] In 1978, he joined the Air National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.[1] Agema then worked for American Airlines and later as a business consultant.[1]

Political Involvement[edit]

Agema is a self-proclaimed pro-life Republican, who is actively vocal in his opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage,[2] as well as censorship.[3]

Agema served three terms (the constitutional limit) in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 2007 to 2013, representing parts of the Grand Rapids area. He was elected at the 2012 Michigan Republican State Convention to the Republican National Committee, defeating incumbent Saul Anuzis.

In 2013, he faced calls to resign from the Republican National Committee after he posted extracts from an article entitled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals" which claimed homosexuals lived a "filthy lifestyle", were responsible for 50 percent of U.S. murders and that many are paedophiles. Agema was rebuked by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who drew a distinction between Republican policies on gay rights and the language used in Agema's post, adding "all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect".[4]

Later that year, Agema was condemned by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder after alleging homosexuals were in favor of health care reform because "they're dying between 30 and 44 years old."[2] [3]

In addition to his comments about homosexuals, Agema rhetocrically asked, "Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?" Muslim Republicans took offense to this and cited contribution from their famlies and friends. Additionally, his bill to ban foreign law was seen as a blanket attempt to engender paranoia against Muslims. [5]

Electoral History[edit]

2012 MIGOP State Convention – Republican National Committeeman (19 May 2012)[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 1,467 69.07%
Republican Saul Anuzis 639 30.08%
Republican Gerald LaRouche 18 0.85%
Totals 2,124 100.00%
2010 General Election – 74th District State Representative (02 November 2010)[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 28,846 78.97%
Democratic Leon Chase 6,908 18.91%
Libertarian R. J. Stevens 773 2.12%
Totals 36,527 100.00%
2008 General Election – 74th District State Representative (04 November 2008)[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 36,207 70.25%
Democratic Leon Chase 13,421 26.04%
Libertarian Tracy McLaughlin 1,911 3.71%
Totals 51,539 100.00%
2006 General Election – 74th District State Representative (07 November 2006)[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 30,495 70.13%
Democratic Steven Kauffman 12,109 27.85%
Libertarian Tracy McLaughlin 880 2.02%
Totals 43,484 100.00%
2006 Republican Primary – 74th District State Representative (08 August 2006)[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 4,333 36.92%
Republican Rich VanderKlok 1,906 16.24%
Republican Jose Gomez 1,819 15.50%
Republican Janis DeVree 1,567 13.35%
Republican Joe Sierawski 550 4.69%
Republican Brian VanLente 412 3.51%
Republican Joanne Brownlee 387 3.30%
Republican Cornelius VanderKam 365 3.11%
Republican Dawn Sloboda 249 2.12%
Republican Kyle Braddell 147 1.25%
Totals 11,735 100.00%
Political offices
Preceded by
William Van Regenmorter
Michigan State Representative, 74th House District
January 2007 – December 2012
Succeeded by
Rob VerHeulen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Saul Anuzis
Republican National Committeeman from Michigan
August 2012 – present
Succeeded by

Personal life[edit]

He has been married for more than forty years to his wife Barb. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[1]