|U.S. House, Michigan, District 11|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Kerry Bentivolio (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$35.31 in 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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.
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."
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Trott's academic, professional and political career:
- 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.
Trott serves on the following committees:
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Judiciary Committee
Trott's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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. 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|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State|
|U.S. House, Michigan District 11 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Kerry Bentivolio Incumbent||33.6%||21,254|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State|
|Kerry Bentivolio vs. Dave Trott|
|Poll||Kerry Bentivolio||Dave Trott||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|National Research Inc.|
(June 22-23, 2014)
|WXYZ/Detroit Free Press|
(July 12-13, 2014)
|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 email@example.com|
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.
|David Trott's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||U.S. House (Michigan, District 11)||$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. This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.
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 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|
|Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss||$15,600|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Below are Trott's FEC reports.
|David Trott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0.00||$648,519.32||$(196,098.01)||$452,421.31|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$452,421.31||$450,564.97||$(192,257.09)||$710,729.19|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$710,729.19||$587,335.50||$(256,543.33)||$1,041,521.36|
Trott currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan, with his wife, Kappy, and their three children.
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- United States House of Representatives
- Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Michigan's 11th Congressional District
- Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "David Trott," accessed January 26, 2015
- Detroit Free Press, "U.S. House candidate David Trott made millions in mortgage crisis," May 18, 2014
- Trott for Congress, "About David," accessed February 4, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
- Trott for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
- Roll Call, "Bentivolio Gets Primary Challenger in Michigan | #MI11," September 4, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for David Trott," accessed April 15, 2015
- Open Secrets, "David Trott 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "David Trott October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "David Trott Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "David Trott April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
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