Dave Pagel

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Dave Pagel
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Michigan House of Representatives District 78
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Base salary$71,865/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 since January 1, 2013.


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. "



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. [2][3]

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

Michigan House of Representatives, District 78 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Pagel 67.9% 5,776
Brian Savage 17.5% 1,487
David Mann 14.6% 1,242
Total Votes 8,505

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