David Agema

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David Agema
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 74th district
In office
2007–2013
Personal details
Born (1949-02-11) February 11, 1949 (age 67)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barb Agema
Children 3
Education Calvin College
Central Michigan University
Occupation Politician
Religion Christian

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, in an American family of Dutch origin. 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 era, but never served overseas during the conflict.[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 pro-life Republican, who is actively vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions.[2]

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.

Political controversies[edit]

In 2013, he faced calls to resign from the Republican National Committee by only 11 members of Chairman Priebus's executive committee after he posted extracts from an article written by a doctor entitled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals" which said that homosexuals lived a "filthy lifestyle", were responsible for 50 percent of U.S. murders as state by a magistrate that year in certain cities and that many are pedophiles. 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."[3]

Later that year, Agema was condemned by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder after saying that homosexuals were in favor of healthcare reform because "they're dying between 30 and 44 years old."[4] Again, this was a doctors statement from an 80s study.

In addition to his comments about homosexuals, Agema quoted an article written by another in response to Obama's statement that Muslim have a rich fabric in our nations history, "Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?" This was in reference to the lack of historical record of Obama's statement. Muslim Republicans took offense to this and cited contribution from their families and friends. Additionally, his bill to ban foreign law and Sharia Law was seen as an attempt to engender paranoia against Muslims.[5] Agema's comments on Muslims, "styled as an open missive to President Obama", led to the resignation in 2015 of a Maine private-academy lacrosse coach who had re-posted them on Facebook.[6]

On December 31, 2014, Agema reposted the text of an article written pseudonymously that ran in the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance, which included sentences such as "[B]lacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike."[7] Chairman Reince Priebus subsequently called on him to resign his RNC position.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 MIGOP State Convention – Republican National Committeeman (May 19, 2012)[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 1,467 69.07
Republican Saul Anuzis 639 30.08
Republican Gerald LaRouche 18 0.85
Total votes 2,124 100.00
2010 General Election – 74th District State Representative (November 2, 2010)[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 28,846 78.97
Democratic Leon Chase 6,908 18.91
Libertarian R. J. Stevens 773 2.12
Total votes 36,527 100.00
2008 General Election – 74th District State Representative (November 4, 2008)[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 36,207 70.25
Democratic Leon Chase 13,421 26.04
Libertarian Tracy McLaughlin 1,911 3.71
Total votes 51,539 100.00
2006 General Election – 74th District State Representative (November 7, 2006)[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Agema 30,495 70.13
Democratic Steven Kauffman 12,109 27.85
Libertarian Tracy McLaughlin 880 2.02
Total votes 43,484 100.00
2006 Republican Primary – 74th District State Representative (August 8, 2006)[13]
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
Total votes 11,735 100.00

Personal life[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dave Agema". Dave Agema. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://michiganmessenger.com/48816/house-approves-penalty-for-colleges-that-offer-partner-benefits
  3. ^ Republican Don Young forced to apologise for 'wetbacks' comment, The Guardian, March 31, 2013, retrieved March 31, 2013
  4. ^ Alman, Ashley (December 9, 2013). "Homophobic RNC Committee Member Accuses Gay Colleagues Of Manipulating Health Benefits". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Oosting, Jonathan. "Michigan Republican Dave Agema under fire again for questioning contributions of American Muslims.". MLive Media Group. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Byrne, Matt, "Fryeburg Academy coach resigns after anti-Islamic Facebook posting", Portland Press Herald, April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Woodruff, Betsey (January 16, 2015). "Why Can’t the RNC Rid Itself of a Racist?". Slate.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hohman, James (January 24, 2015). "Reince Priebus wants Dave Agema to quit over Facebook posts". Politico.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Showdown In Motown
  10. ^ "2010 Official Michigan General Election Results – 74th District State Representative 2 Year Term (1) Position". nictusa.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2008 Official Michigan General Election Results – 74th District State Representative 2 Year Term (1) Position". nictusa.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "2006 Official Michigan General Election Results – 74th District State Representative 2 Year Term (1) Position". nictusa.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2006 Official Michigan Primary Election Results – 74th District State Representative 2 Year Term (1) Position". nictusa.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 

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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
incumbent