Biography

Senator David G. Argall
29th District

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 and his wife, Beth, are very proud of their children, AJ and Elise, who are respectively pursuing new careers in patent law and public service. The Argalls share their Rush Township home with two very active terriers, Maggie and Wolfgang.

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.