David Argall

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David Argall
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1984-2009
Education
Bachelor'sLycoming College, 1980
Master'sPennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, 1993
Ph.D.Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, 2006
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1958
Place of birthWest Chester, PA
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
David G. Argall (b. November 21, 1958) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on March 3, 2009.

Argall served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1984 to 2009.

Biography

Argall earned his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Lycoming College in 1980, his M.A. in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg in 1993 and his Ph.D in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg in 2006. His professional experience includes working as a part-time instructor in Public Policy, State Government, and Leadership Studies at Pennsylvania State University.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Argall served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Urban Affairs & Housing, Chair
Community, Economic & Recreational Development, Vice Chair
Aging & Youth
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Appropriations
Intergovernmental Operations
Joint Conservation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Argall served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Argall served on these committees:

Issues

In April 2014, Argall supported legislation to reform property taxes in Pennsylvania by eliminating school property taxes and replacing them with money from personal income and sales taxes. Argall said that the bill would create a fairer system to fund public education. “The current tax can make people homeless, and I can’t believe that these groups would be defending the status quo,” Argall said.[2]

Debates

2012

On April 13, the Republican primary candidates participated in a debate on the "The Sam Lesante Show." A video of the debate can be found below:[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Argall ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 29. Argall defeated Brian Rich in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated Tim Seip (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [4][5]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Argall Incumbent 56.2% 56,837
     Democratic Tim Seip 43.8% 44,365
Total Votes 101,202
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Argall Incumbent 54.4% 12,610
Brian Rich 45.6% 10,550
Total Votes 23,160

2009

On March 3, 2009, Argall was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 29 following a special election.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for David Argall is available dating back to . Based on available campaign finance records, David Argall raised a total of $2,425,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[7]

David Argall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 29 Won $848,830
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $129,515
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $369,038
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $232,867
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $490,238
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $201,749
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $82,284
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 124 Won $71,323
Grand Total Raised $2,425,844

2012

David Argall won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, David Argall raised a total of $848,830.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Argall's campaign in 2012
Friends of Joe Scarnati$160,000
Friends of Dominic Pileggi$100,000
Pennsylvania Republican Party$64,528
Friends of Jake Corman$20,000
Citizens for Pat Browne$20,000
Total Raised in 2012$848,830
Source:Follow the Money

2009

Argall raised $211,488.03 during the 2009 special election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Committee $30,000
PSEA PAC $6,000
PA State Brewers Association $6,000
PEG PAC $5,000
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades $5,000
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rich $5,000
Citizens for Pat Browne $2,000

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on bills related to reproductive freedom and family planning.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Argall is married to his wife, Beth. They have two children and reside in Rush Township, Pennsylvania.

Controversies

Campaign ad

Argall's opponent, Brian Rich, filed suit over Argall's claim that Rich accepted $5 million dollars in stimulus money. Fact checkers with PoliticsPA say Rich applied for, but did not receive, the stimulus money. The money would have gone to the Broad Mountain Wind Energy Center, but the application was withdrawn before any funds were given.[9][10]

In addition, Rich's brother, John Rich, filed a lawsuit against Argall over campaign statements about Ultra Clean Fuels. John Rich argued that the statements hurt his company's ability to secure private investment. The company produced an ad responding to Argall's claims. However, Argall filed a complaint over the ad, arguing that it violated election laws.[10]

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