David Agema

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David Agema
Born(1949-02-11) February 11, 1949 (age 65)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
EducationCalvin College
Central Michigan University
OccupationPolitician
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)Barb Agema
Children3
 
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David Agema
Born(1949-02-11) February 11, 1949 (age 65)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
EducationCalvin College
Central Michigan University
OccupationPolitician
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)Barb Agema
Children3

David Agema (born February 11, 1949) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Presently a member of the Republican National Committee and the chairman of the Top Gun Republican political action committee, he is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Agema, formerly a commercial pilot for American Airlines, is a Vietnam Era veteran. He currently resides in Grandville, Michigan.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Agema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 11, 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University in 1975.[1] 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] Agema then worked for American Airlines and later as a business consultant.[1]

Political Involvement[edit]

Agema is a self-proclaimed pro-life Republican, who is actively vocal in his opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage,[2] as well as censorship.[3]

Agema served three terms (the constitutional limit) in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 2007 to 2013, representing parts of the Grand Rapids area. He was elected at the 2012 Michigan Republican State Convention to the Republican National Committee, defeating incumbent Saul Anuzis.

In 2013, he 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 claimed homosexuals lived a "filthy lifestyle", were responsible for 50 percent of U.S. murders and that many 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]

Later that year, Agema was condemned by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder after alleging homosexuals were in favor of health care reform because "they're dying between 30 and 44 years old."[2] [3]

In addition to his comments about homosexuals, Agema rhetocrically asked, "Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?" Muslim Republicans took offense to this and cited contribution from their famlies and friends. Additionally, his bill to ban foreign law was seen as a blanket attempt to engender paranoia against Muslims. [5]

Electoral History[edit]

2012 MIGOP State Convention – Republican National Committeeman (19 May 2012)[6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanDave Agema1,46769.07%
RepublicanSaul Anuzis63930.08%
RepublicanGerald LaRouche180.85%
Totals2,124100.00%
2010 General Election – 74th District State Representative (02 November 2010)[7]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanDave Agema28,84678.97%
DemocraticLeon Chase6,90818.91%
LibertarianR. J. Stevens7732.12%
Totals36,527100.00%
2008 General Election – 74th District State Representative (04 November 2008)[8]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanDave Agema36,20770.25%
DemocraticLeon Chase13,42126.04%
LibertarianTracy McLaughlin1,9113.71%
Totals51,539100.00%
2006 General Election – 74th District State Representative (07 November 2006)[9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanDave Agema30,49570.13%
DemocraticSteven Kauffman12,10927.85%
LibertarianTracy McLaughlin8802.02%
Totals43,484100.00%
2006 Republican Primary – 74th District State Representative (08 August 2006)[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
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%
Totals11,735100.00%
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
incumbent

Personal life[edit]

He has been married for more than forty years to his wife Barb. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[1]

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