Senator David Argall represents the 29th District including all of Schuylkill County and parts of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties, a district larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Senator Argall’s top legislative priorities are promoting job growth, reducing the property tax burden on homeowners and revitalizing our downtowns and older industrial areas. He led the successful fight to pass a new anti-blight law which has been hailed as “a significant step forward for Pennsylvania” by newspapers across the state. Senator Argall was also instrumental in the creation of local and statewide “Main Street” and “Elm Street” efforts to help revitalize downtown areas and promote job growth.
In his first term in the Senate, he chaired a bipartisan Government Management and Cost Study Commission which unanimously recommended more than $400 million in savings to the taxpayer. Senator Argall has also played an active role in conservation initiatives, locally as a volunteer Scout leader and across the state as the author of the Waste Tire Recycling Act, which has helped to clean up more than 31.1 million waste tires, or 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s waste tires.
Senator Argall earned a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College, where he earned the college’s highest student award. He earned a master’s degree and his Ph.D. in public administration from Penn State. His doctoral dissertation reviewed the benefits and drawbacks of Pennsylvania’s tax-free “Keystone Opportunity Zones” for economic development. As time permits, Dr. Argall serves as a part-time public policy instructor at Penn State.
Senator Argall serves as Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, Vice Chairman of the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, and as a member of the Senate Aging and Youth, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Appropriations, and Inter-Governmental Operations Committees.
In 2012, he was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business and a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union. Citing Senator Argall’s votes on tax reform, rooting out wasteful government spending and improving the regulatory climate, the ACU said the 100 percent perfect score reflects his consistent support of conservative principles on a wide range of issues.
Senator Argall lives in Rush Township with his wife, Beth, and two very active terriers. Their children, AJ and Elise, are pursuing college degrees in neuroscience and international relations.