David Agema

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David Agema (born 1949) is the current Republican National Committeeman from Michigan, and the chairman of the “Top Gun Republican” political action committee. He is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives (representing the 74th District), a retired commercial pilot for American Airlines, and a Vietnam Era veteran. He currently resides in Grandville, Michigan.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Dave Agema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 11, 1949. He is the only one of four children to graduate from college.[1]

Military Service[edit]

He served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.[1] In 1978, he joined the Air National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.[1]

Post-Military Education and Professional Accomplishments[edit]

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University in 1975.[1] He then worked for American Airlines, and later as a business consultant.[1]

Political Involvement[edit]

He is pro-life, counters gay benefits,[2] and popular with the Tea Party movement.

Political offices
Preceded by
William Van Regenmorter
Michigan State Representative, 74th House District
January 2007 – December 2012
Succeeded by
Rob VerHeulen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Saul Anuzis
Republican National Committeeman from Michigan
August 2012 – present
Succeeded by

Michigan State Representative, 74th House District[edit]

Republican National Committeeman from Michigan[edit]

During the 2012 Michigan Republican State Convention, the biggest upheaval within the state party in years took place. Delegates ousted Michigan's two members of the RNC, Saul Anuzis and Holly Hughes, replacing them with Agema and Terri Lynn Land. Anuzis was a past MIGOP Chairman, a past candidate for RNC chairman, and a player in national Republican politics since 1988. Anuzis lost by a margin of 69% to 30% to Agema. (The remaining 1% of the vote went to Gerald LaRouche.)[3] Notable in this is that the delegation of each of Michigan's 14 congressional districts voted for Agema.

While Washington and Lansing were quick to see the party putsch as a big win for the tea party, some state that it was due to Ron Paul supporters who had never forgiven him for denouncing their candidate shortly after a presidential debate in 2007. While he was serving as state party chair, Anuzis had said he would introduce a resolution to bar Paul from future debates and remove Paul's name from the Michigan ballot.

In 2013, Agema faced calls to resign from the Republican National Committee after he posted extracts from an article entitled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals" which described homosexuality as a "filthy lifestyle", argues that gay and lesbian people intend to turn people against Christianity, and claims that many gay people are paedophiles. Agema was rebuked by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who drew a distinction between Republican policies on gay rights, and the language used in Agema's post, adding "all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect".[4]

Electoral History[edit]

2012 MIGOP State Convention – Republican National Committeeman (19 May 2012)[3]
RepublicanDave Agema1,46769.07%
RepublicanSaul Anuzis63930.08%
RepublicanGerald LaRouche180.85%
2010 General Election – 74th District State Representative (02 November 2010)[5]
RepublicanDave Agema28,84678.97%
DemocraticLeon Chase6,90818.91%
LibertarianR. J. Stevens7732.12%
2008 General Election – 74th District State Representative (04 November 2008)[6]
RepublicanDave Agema36,20770.25%
DemocraticLeon Chase13,42126.04%
LibertarianTracy McLaughlin1,9113.71%
2006 General Election – 74th District State Representative (07 November 2006)[7]
RepublicanDave Agema30,49570.13%
DemocraticSteven Kauffman12,10927.85%
LibertarianTracy McLaughlin8802.02%
2006 Republican Primary – 74th District State Representative (08 August 2006)[8]
RepublicanDave Agema4,33336.92%
RepublicanRich VanderKlok1,90616.24%
RepublicanJose Gomez1,81915.50%
RepublicanJanis DeVree1,56713.35%
RepublicanJoe Sierawski5504.69%
RepublicanBrian VanLente4123.51%
RepublicanJoanne Brownlee3873.30%
RepublicanCornelius VanderKam3653.11%
RepublicanDawn Sloboda2492.12%
RepublicanKyle Braddell1471.25%

Personal life[edit]

Agema has been married for more than 40 years to his wife Barb (wedding anniversary: 9 June 1971). They have three children and seven grandchildren. While family is his first priority, in his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and staying physically fit. Dave believes that family is not only the most important thing in his life, but the most important unit of American society.[1]

He is an active church member, and involved in several local ministry efforts. He is the current president of Sabaoth House Ministries, which helps underprivileged children in literacy and faith-based education. He also leads mission trips to Guatemala for Pray America, which involves feeding, housing, and supporting widows and orphaned children. He is also involved in the Carpenters House Ministries and the Ionia Jail Prison Ministry.[1]