Bobby Schilling

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Robert T. Schilling
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 17
Retired member
In office
January 3, 2011-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAlleman Catholic High School
Bachelor'sBlack Hawk College
Date of birthJanuary 23, 1964
Place of birthRock Island, Illinois
ProfessionRestaurant Owner
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
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Robert Todd "Bobby" Schilling (b. January 23, 1964) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Schilling was elected by voters from Illinois' 17th congressional district. Schilling ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012, and was defeated in the general election.[1]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Schilling was one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schilling is a "centrist Republican follower".[3]


Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He graduated from Alleman Catholic High School and attended Black Hawk College. [4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Schilling served on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes

According to Schilling's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Social Security: "We have a moral obligation to defend these programs from the growing risk of insolvency."
  • Healthcare: "We need health care reform. We do not need a government takeover of the entire health care system."
  • Jobs: "Responsible government can play an important role in job creation by working to create an environment that encourages long-term private sector growth. An irresponsible government stymies growth by imposing an oppressive culture of overtaxation and overregulation, encouraging small businesses to downsize at a time when we desperately need jobs."[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Schilling voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



See also: Illinois' 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Schilling lost to Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 2012 general election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 17th District.[8]

Schilling ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. Cheri Bustos defeated candidates Greg Aguilar and George Gaulrapp in the Democratic primary.[1] Schilling was defeated by Democratic challenger Bustos in the general election on November 6, 2012. Schilling was considered a vulnerable incumbent.[9]

U.S. House, Illinois District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 53.3% 153,519
     Republican Bobby Schilling Incumbent 46.7% 134,623
     Independent Eric Reyes 0% 10
Total Votes 288,152
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many republicans are trying to show that they are bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Schilling, on the campaign trail, has been praising a Democrat representative of Iowa, trying to show that he is all for bipartisanship in Congress. In a recent poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS news, results found that nearly 44% of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. Republicans are trying to hold on to their districts with showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[10]


On November 2, 2010, Schilling won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Phil Hare (D) and Roger K. Davis (Green) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 17th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert T. Schilling 52.6% 104,583
     Democratic Phil Hare 43% 85,454
     Green Roger K. Davis 4.5% 8,861
Total Votes 198,898

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Schilling's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Schilling lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Schilling's campaign committee raised a total of $2,537,300 and spent $2,507,348.[12]


Breakdown of the source of Schilling's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Schilling won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Schilling's campaign committee raised a total of $1,103,009 and spent $1,093,250 .[13]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schilling paid his congressional staff a total of $695,577 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 12th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranked 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schilling's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $487,008 and $1,489,998. That averages to $988,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[15]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schilling ranked 185th in the conservative rankings.[16]

Voting with party


Robert T. Schilling voted with the Republican Party 91% of the time, which ranked 159 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[17]

Recent news

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Schilling has been married to his wife Christie for over 25 years and together they have 10 children: Terry, Aaron, Levi, Joe, Isabel, Rachel, Olivia, Sam, Sophia, and Anthony. [4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Hare
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 17
Succeeded by
Cheri Bustos (D)