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09/26/2021 09:04 AM
Pennsylvania State Senate

David J Arnold, Jr



Session Position District Party
2019 48 Republican
2020 48 Republican
2021 48 Republican
 Counties   Dauphin, Lebanon, York


11/25/1971 - 01/17/2021

Personal Life & Education:

David J. “Dave” Arnold Jr. (R), born on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1971, in Lebanon County, son of David and the late Betty Arnold; Cedar Crest High School, 1989; Kutztown University (B.S.), criminal justice, 1993; Widener University School of Law (J.D.), 1996; married Alicia; 1 daughter, Reese. Senator Arnold enjoyed golf, softball, and coaching his daughter, Reese’s, softball and basketball teams (A. Arnold & M. Lamson, personal communication, February 3, 2021).

Early Career:

Lebanon County Assistant District Attorney, 1996-2002; Feeman, Mesics, & Hopstetter law firm and the Lebanon Public Defenders’ Office, 2002-2006; Lebanon County District Attorney, 2006-2020; President,  Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, 2016-17; member, Lebanon Lions Club, Steitz Club in Lebanon (A. Arnold & M. Lamson, personal communication, February 3, 2021).


Widener University School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Faculty, 2001; Certificate of Appreciation from the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Program, 2010. Kutztown University Department of Criminal Justice Outstanding Alumni Award, 2017; Admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, December 5, 1996; Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, December 16, 2002 (A. Arnold & M. Lamson, personal communication, February 22, 2021).

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected to Pa. Senate in a special election January 14, 2020 (Cole, 2019); member, Game & Fisheries, Intergovernmental Operations, Veteran’s Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees; died in office January 17, 2021 (PennLive, 2020).



Cole, John. (2019, September 25). SD48: Special election set for January 14. PoliticsPA.


PennLive. (2021). David J. Arnold Jr. Legacy.