Senator David G. Argall
Schuylkill and Berks Counties
Senator David G. Argall represents the 29th District in northern and western Berks County and Schuylkill County, 1,178 square miles containing 94 municipalities from Spring Township to McAdoo. As Chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, he is the first Senator from the 29th District to serve in a leadership post since 1861.
The proud grandson of local Cornish, Welsh, and German farmers, coal miners and factory workers, Senator Argall’s top legislative priorities are promoting job growth, eliminating the school property tax and revitalizing our downtowns and older industrial areas.
Senate Argall has led successful battles to pass several new anti-blight laws. Today, because of his legislation and grassroots teamwork, once-blighted communities across Pennsylvania, from Tamaqua to our largest cities, have seen a positive transformation.
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 as the author of the Waste Tire Recycling Act, which has helped to clean up more than 97 percent of Pennsylvania’s waste tires.
In 2014, the National Eagle Scout Association presented him with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for “distinguished service to his profession and community.”
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 and Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Senator Argall lives in Rush Township with his wife, Beth, and two very active terriers. Their children, AJ and Elise, are respectively pursuing a law degree and a new career in public service.
Solving local constituent issues and working on legislation are the primary duties of a senator. Here is a list of some of the laws Senator Argall has successfully authored.