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
Cost per vote$35.31 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,008,647
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
J.D.Duke University
Place of birthBirmingham, Michigan
ProfessionForeclosure lawyer
Office website
Campaign website
David Trott is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 11th Congressional District. Trott was first elected to the House in 2014.

Trott defeated incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in the 2014 Republican primary. He defeated challengers Bobby McKenzie (D) and John Tatar (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]


Trott was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in 1981. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from Duke University.[2]

Trott moved back to Michigan and began working for his family's law firm, Trott & Trott, in 1985. The firm is one of the largest foreclosure law firms in the United States, representing banks and mortgage companies. Leading up to the 2014 primary election, incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R) attacked Trott's firm for foreclosing on the home of a 101-year-old woman. Attack ads put out by Bentivolio's campaign referred to Trott as the "Foreclosure King."[3]

Trott served on the University of Michigan Advisory Board, Detroit Country Day School Board of Trustees, The Community House Board, Karmanos Cancer Center Board, Michigan State Building Authority Board of Trustees and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Crain’s Magazine listed Trott one of the “Best and Brightest Under 40." He was also presented with the James T. Barnes Award and The Community House's 2012 Community Philanthropy and Service Award.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Trott's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Michigan's 11th Congressional District
  • 1987-1988: Member of the Bingham Farms, Mich., Village Council
  • 1985: Graduated from Duke University with a J.D.
  • 1981: Graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a A.B.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Trott serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Trott's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • Debt and Deficit
Excerpt: "With Washington borrowing nearly 40 cents of every dollar it spends, Dave is a committed to reining in out-of-control federal spending. Dave isn’t another politician who just talks the talk; he cut his teeth in the private sector, he walks the walk. With more than 30 years of experience in balancing budgets and growing businesses, Dave knows that Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The Federal government has grown out of control, taking far too important a role in not only our lives, but those of our children as well. Dave opposes the Common Core standards that are attempting to assert even more government control and further remove parents from their children’s education. Dave knows that an educated workforce drives our economy, and, as Congressman, will support a wide array of secondary and higher education choices."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "As a product of the private sector, Dave was on the receiving end of President Obama’s costly, job-killing regulations and bureaucratic red tape. Dave experienced firsthand the damage that an out-of-control government can do to an American economy struggling to create jobs. Dave knows that reducing regulations, updating the costly and cumbersome tax code that is stifling job-creation and cutting spending will spur economic activity in Michigan and across our country."
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "Dave believes that securing our nation’s borders is of the utmost importance to our national and economic security and must be the first step taken when discussing any immigration reform. Immigration has helped to make our nation the strongest in the world and should continue to be allowed for those that follow the legal process. We are nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Dave will not support amnesty and will not allow illegal immigrants to have legal status."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "As a business owner that transcends different sectors, Dave has firsthand knowledge of how ObamaCare has and will continue to negatively affect families, businesses, and taxpayers. Dave is committed to repealing and replacing the onerous health care law to remove suffocating financial burdens and excessive paperwork that denies Americans the right to pick their doctor, plan of choice and the United States’ spot as the global leader in health care."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "As a member of the NRA, Dave strongly believes that the 2nd Amendment is an important cornerstone of our nation’s freedoms. Any law abiding American citizen should be able to exercise this right. As a Congressman, Dave would strongly support the right to bear arms and will defend the Second Amendment vigorously."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "The brave men and women who risk their lives to safeguard the liberty and freedom we enjoy deserve our full support. Protecting our national security and fighting terrorism should never be left on the back burner. Dave has and continues to show unyielding enthusiasm for our troops."



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.[7] 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


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


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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Trott is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Trott raised a total of $5,008,647 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[8]

David Trott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Michigan, District 11) Won $5,008,647
Grand Total Raised $5,008,647


Trott won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Trott's campaign committee raised a total of $5,008,647 and spent $4,958,199.[9] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[10]

Cost per vote

Trott spent $35.31 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 11, 2014 - David Trott Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,008,647
Total Spent $4,958,199
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $825,724
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $815,445
Top contributors to David Trott's campaign committee
Trott & Trott$47,950
PVS Chemicals$22,800
Kojaian Companies$15,600
Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss$15,600
Kelly Services$13,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$207,500
Real Estate$90,150
Leadership PACs$51,500
Business Services$47,700

Below are Trott's FEC reports.


Trott currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan, with his wife, Kappy, and their three children.[4]

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