David Trott

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David Trott
David Trott official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 11
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorKerry Bentivolio (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
J.D.Duke University
ProfessionForeclosure lawyer
Office website
Campaign website
David Trott is the member-elect to represent the 11th Congressional District of Michigan. He defeated incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in the Republican primary. He defeated challengers Bobby McKenzie (D) and John Tatar (R) in the general election.[1]


Trott is the chairman of Trott & Trott PC, a firm that represents banks and lenders in foreclosure and bankruptcy cases. In an ad by primary opponent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Bentivolio referred to Trott as "the Foreclosure King," as his firm is the largest foreclosure law firm in Michigan.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Trott's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1981: Graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a A.B.
  • 1985: Graduated from Duke University with a J.D.
  • 1987-1988: Member of the Bingham Farms, Mich., Village Council
  • 2015-Present: U.S. House Representative, Michigan's 10th Congressional District

Prior to entering into politics, Trott was a business owner and a private practice lawyer.



See also: Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Trott ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 11th District. Trott won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, defeating incumbent Kerry Bentivolio.[4] He defeated Kerry Bentivolio (write-in), Bobby McKenzie (D) and John Tatar (Libertarian) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Trott 56.2% 140,435
     Democratic Bobby McKenzie 40.7% 101,681
     Libertarian John Tatar 3.1% 7,711
Total Votes 249,827
Source: Michigan Secretary of State
U.S. House, Michigan District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Kerry Bentivolio Incumbent 33.6% 21,254
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Trott 66.4% 42,008
Total Votes 63,262
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


Kerry Bentivolio vs. Dave Trott
Poll Kerry Bentivolio Dave TrottUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
National Research Inc.
(June 22-23, 2014)
WXYZ/Detroit Free Press
(July 12-13, 2014)
AVERAGES 26% 46% 28% +/-4.2 611
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Trott's reports.

David Trott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[5]October 15, 2013$0.00$648,519.32$(196,098.01)$452,421.31
Year-End[6]January 31, 2014$452,421.31$450,564.97$(192,257.09)$710,729.19
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$710,729.19$587,335.50$(256,543.33)$1,041,521.36
Running totals

Trott's April 2014 ad, "Dave Trott Works"

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Preceded by
Kerry Bentivolio (R)
U.S. House - Michigan District 11
Succeeded by