Member Biography

David J. Arnold Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
2020       48 Republican
2021       48 Republican

COUNTIES: York, Lebanon, Dauphin  


11/25/1971 - 01/17/2021

David J. “Dave” Arnold, Jr. (R48) Dauphin (Part), Lebanon and York (Part) Counties 2020-2021

Early Life:

David J. “Dave” Arnold, Jr., born Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1971, Lebanon County, son of David and Betty Arnold; Cedar Crest High School, 1989; Kutztown University (B.S.), criminal justice, 1993; Widener University School of Law (J.D.), 1996; attorney; Assistant District Attorney, Lebanon County, 1996-2002; attorney, Feeman, Mesics and Hopstetter; Lebanon Public Defenders’ Office, 2002-2006; Lebanon County District Attorney, 2006-2020; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2020-2021; married, Alicia, daughter, Reese; died, January 17, 2021 (aged 49), while in office of the Senate; Burial location unknown. 


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, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, December 5, 1996; admitted, Supreme Court, United States, December 16, 2002 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 48th district, Dauphin (Part), Lebanon and York (Part) Counties, January 14, 2020; committee assignments, Education, Finance, Game and Fisheries, Intergovernmental Operations, State Government; died January 17, 2021, while in office of the Senate.


Delivered an emotional address on the Senate Floor presenting his authored SR333 (Recognizing June 2020 as 'Cancer Survivors Recognition Month'). 

Sj20200624.pdf (

Enacted from Senate Bill 1144 on Monday July 15, 2024, Act NO. 63 of 2024, designating Bridge Key 22612, located on Pennsylvania Route 72, Swatara Township, Lebanon County, over the Swatara Creek, as Senator David J. Arnold, Jr., Memorial Bridge. 

Senate Bill 1144 - Bill Information Details (


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2019-2020). Mattos, S., (Editor). (Volume 124) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 3-34, 3-38; Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-14.

David Arnold Obituary (1971 - 2021) - Lebanon, PA - Lebanon Daily News (

Senator David J. “Dave” Arnold Jr. (1971-2021) - Find a Grave Memorial