Dave Argall

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David G. Argall
David Argall.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
March 17, 2009
Preceded by James J. Rhoades
Republican Whip of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Jauuary 4, 2005 – November 30, 2008
Preceded by Brett Feese
Succeeded by Mike Turzai
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 124th district
In office
January 1, 1985 – March 17, 2009
Preceded by William Klingaman, Sr.
Succeeded by Jerry Knowles
Personal details
Born (1958-11-21)November 21, 1958
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beth Argall
Children AJ and Elise
Residence Rush Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Lycoming College
Penn State Harrisburg
Occupation Teacher
Religion United Methodist
Website www.daveargall.com

David G. Argall, Ph.D. (born November 21, 1958) is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, elected in a special election on March 3, 2009 following the death of fellow Republican James J. Rhoades. He was elected a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1984 and served as Republican Whip from 2004 to 2008. Argall lost the 17th Congressional District election in 2010 after challenging incumbent Congressman Tim Holden. Eisenhower Fellowships selected David Argall as a USA Fellow in 1998.

Early life, education and career[edit]

As an Eagle Scout, Argall earned a bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from Lycoming College and a master's degree in American studies at Penn State Harrisburg. In May 2006, he earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Penn State. Argall is a part-time instructor at Penn State Schuylkill.[1] The name Argall is of Cornish origin.[2]

Pennsylvania Legislature[edit]

Argall was Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a position that led him to being named to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics.[3] He was elected to serve as the Republican Whip in 2004 and again in 2006.[1]

Argall did not run for re-election to the post of Minority Whip in order to run for the State Senate seat from the 29th district which was vacated by the death and posthumous re-election of Senator James Rhoades.[4][5] He was elected to the seat over his Democratic opponent, Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Steven Lukach, by a margin of 62% to 38%.[6]

2010 U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

On January 11, 2010, Argall announced his intention to challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Holden in the November elections. On November 2, 2010, Argall's 95,000 votes weren't enough as he lost for the first time in his political career, falling to Holden's 118,486 votes. [1]


  1. ^ a b "Representative David Argall's Profile". Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.gould.com.au/Cornish-Family-Names-p/thp009.htm
  3. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-20. 
  4. ^ "2009 Special Election for the 29th Senatorial District". Commonwealth of PA – Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. 
  5. ^ Mary E. Young (2008-11-11). "State Rep. David Argall to abandon GOP leadership post while seeking Senate seat". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 08-11-11.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Argall victory gives Republicans new pride

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Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
James J. Rhoades
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 29th District
Succeeded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
William K. Klingaman, Sr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 124th District
Succeeded by
Jerry Knowles
Party political offices
Preceded by
Samuel H. Smith
Republican Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Mike Turzai