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Dave Pagel
Dave Pagel.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 78
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Berrien County Board of Commissioners
High schoolBerrien Springs High School
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
ProfessionApple farmer
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Pagel is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 78. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government, Vice-chair
Michigan Competitiveness


Campaign themes


Pagel's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

On why I am running for State Representative

  • Excerpt: " I strongly believe in being grateful for life’s blessings and in giving back to society in whatever way a person can."

On our economy

  • Excerpt: "Growlng our economy will be my number one priority in Lansing. As our economy strengthens, quality jobs become available to everyone who is willing to work hard. Whether you have an advanced degree or are skilled in a trade or are just willing to work your way up in a company, the key is having an opportunity to use your skills in a quality job."

On Education

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong proponent of public education, and also understand the value of parochial schools and the choice to home school children."

On Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "Farmers face many risks and challenges, and need to be able to reduce some of those risks by having crop insurance affordably available."

On Southwest Michigan

  • Excerpt: "I am so proud and blessed to have spent my life in this area, and will work hard in Lansing to see that the next generation can have opportunities to stay in southwest Michigan and have a great quality of life here."

Note: Pagel's campaign themes did not change from 2012.



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Cartier Shields was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dave Pagel defeated Jim Walker in the Republican primary. Pagel defeated Shields in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 78 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Pagel Incumbent 67.2% 15,360
     Democratic Cartier Shields 32.8% 7,488
Total Votes 22,848
Michigan House of Representatives, District 78 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Pagel Incumbent 75.6% 4,348
Jim Walker 24.4% 1,407
Total Votes 5,755


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pagel won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 78. He defeated David H. Mann and Brian Savage in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Jack Arbanas (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Pagel 61.1% 23,227
     Democratic Jack Arbanas 38.9% 14,802
Total Votes 38,029

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pagel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pagel raised a total of $17,005 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[8]

Dave Pagel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 78 Won $17,005
Grand Total Raised $17,005


Pagel won election to the Michigan House of Representatives, District 78 in 2012. During that election cycle, Pagel raised a total of $17,005.



In 2014, Pagel's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sharon Tyler (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 78
Succeeded by