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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.

David G. Argall
David Argall.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
March 17, 2009
Preceded byJames J. Rhoades
Republican Whip of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Jauuary 4, 2005 – November 30, 2008
Preceded byBrett Feese
Succeeded byMike Turzai
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 124th district
In office
January 1, 1985 – March 17, 2009
Preceded byWilliam Klingaman Sr.
Succeeded byJerry Knowles
Personal details
Born (1958-11-21) November 21, 1958 (age 60)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beth Argall
ChildrenAJ and Elise
ResidenceRush Township, Pennsylvania
Alma materLycoming College
Penn State Harrisburg

Early life, education and careerEdit

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 LegislatureEdit

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 campaignEdit

On January 11, 2010, Argall announced his intention to challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Holden in the November elections. Argall's state senate district covered much of the eastern portion of the congressional district, including Holden's hometown of St. Clair. 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] He did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; Pennsylvania state senators serve staggered four-year terms, and Argall was not up for reelection until 2012.


  1. ^ a b "Representative David Argall's Profile". Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-11-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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 2008-11-11.
  6. ^ Argall victory gives Republicans new pride[permanent dead link]

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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