Kerry Bentivolio

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Kerry Bentivolio
Kerry Bentivolio.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 11
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDavid Curson (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2014
Campaign $$485,728
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Mary’s College
Master'sMarygrove College
Military service
Service branchMichigan Army National Guard
Date of birthOct. 6, 1951
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
Net worth$355,520
Office website
Campaign website
Kerry Bentivolio is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 11th Congressional District of Michigan. He was first elected in 2012.

While he defeated Syed Taj (D) in the regular election for a two-year term in Congress, Bentivolio was defeated by David Curson (D) in the special election for the lame-duck session.[1][2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bentivolio is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Upon graduating from high school, Bentivolio enlisted into the U.S. Army as an Infantry rifleman in Vietnam from 1970 through 1971. After his honorable discharge, he earned his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College. Then, he transferred to Michigan State University, where he obtained his B.A. degree and M.A. in Education. He was a design engineer in the automotive industry for more than 20 years. He also served with the military police during Desert Storm. He and his wife, Karen, have lived in Milford, since 1982. [3]


The following is a list of Bentivolio's Career highlights.[4]

  • Served, United States Army (1970-1971)
  • Served, Artillery Unit, United States Military Police (2007)
  • Design Engineer, Automotive Industry
  • Served, Michigan Army National Guard
  • Social Studies Teacher

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bentivolio serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Below are several campaign issues which were highlighted on Bentivolio's campaign website.[6]

  • Economic Solutions

Excerpt: "Cut the Bureaucracy and Regulations to allow American innovation will get us out of this recession. We all know that a Washington bureaucrat won’t pick the next Henry Ford or Steve Jobs... We need to cut taxes now. Our high taxes make it cheaper to do business in foreign countries at times... Government bureaucrats should not be allowed to gamble our money on their friends’ businesses. That is exactly what the current administration did with Solyndra, and it cost taxpayers more than five hundred million dollars."[7]

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "I wholeheartedly oppose Obamacare, and would repeal it."[8]

  • Balancing the Budget

Excerpt: "The debt crisis facing the United States is one of the most preventable calamities that our nation has ever faced. To force the career politicians to finally act, I strongly support a Balanced Budget Amendment and will co-sponsor such an amendment."[9]

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "Any immigration reform must begin with securing the border and stopping the flow of those who are coming into this country illegally... We should offer no amnesty to illegal immigrants, which amounts to condoning illegality."[10]

  • Our Constitutional Republic

Excerpt: "As a Congressman, I will scrutinize legislation that abuses the commerce power or other federal powers. I will seek to return more power to the States and to the people. I will seek to return power to the states, and to the people, where it belongs. And, I will do all possible to persuade the Senate to vet judicial candidates carefully to ensure they understand and appreciate the limits of federal power under the 10th Amendment."[11]



Regular election

See also: Michigan's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Bentivolio won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 11th District.[12] He defeated write-in candidate Nancy Cassis in the Republican primary. He then defeated Syed Taj (D), John Tatar (L), Steven Paul Duke (G), and Daniel Johnson (NLP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13]

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Syed Taj 44.4% 158,879
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 50.8% 181,788
     Libertarian John Tatar 2.7% 9,637
     Green Steven Paul Duke 1.3% 4,569
     NLP Daniel Johnson 0.9% 3,251
     Write-in James Van Gilder 0% 14
     Write-in Ralph Sherman 0% 1
Total Votes 358,139
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

According to the Detroit Free Press, Bentivolio began airing television ads in late June to thwart a write-in campaign by former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, who entered the race as a write-in candidate at the behest of Republican leaders in Oakland and Wayne counties. [14]


Bentivolio has been endrosed by the organizations and individuals below for the 2012 election.[15]

  • Governor Rick Snyder
  • Lt. Gov Brian Calley
  • Michigan Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak
  • Michigan Republican Coalitions Vice-Chair Victor Diaz
  • Michigan Republican Youth Vice-Chair Sarah Ledford
  • Ambassador Ron Weiser
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Senator Rick Santorum
  • Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Peter Hoekstra
  • Congresswoman Candice Miller
  • Congressman Justin Amash
  • Congressman Dan Banishek
  • Congressman Ron Paul
  • FreedomWorks PAC
  • Tea Party Express
  • Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund
  • Young Americans for Liberty PAC

Special election

See also: Michigan's 11th congressional district special election, 2012

Bentivolio also ran in the special election to Michigan's 11th District to fill the final weeks of former Representative Thaddeus McCotter's term. He defeated Nancy Cassis, Kenneth Crider, Carolyn Kavanagh, and Steve King in the September 7, 2012, special primary. He lost to David Curson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[16]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, John Tatar took in over 4,000 more votes than the number that separated Curson and Bentivolio.[17]

Michigan's 11th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 41.7% 10,280
Nancy Cassis 35.7% 8,804
Steve King 10.8% 2,654
Kenneth Crider 7% 1,715
Carolyn Kavanagh 4.9% 1,208
Total Votes 24,661

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bentivolio is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bentivolio raised a total of $485,728 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[18]

Kerry Bentivolio's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 11) Won $485,728
Grand Total Raised $485,728


Breakdown of funds according to source.

Bentivolio won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bentivolio's campaign committee raised a total of $485,729 and spent $482,219.[19]


On June 26, 2012, Roll Call reported that Bentivolio had picked up the endorsement of Republican incumbent from Michigan's 3rd district Justin Amash. “Having spent time with Kerry over the last few weeks and having listened to his vision for our country, I believe that Kerry is someone we can count on to do what’s right, not just what’s easy,” Amash said in a statement released by Bentivolio’s campaign. [20]

On July 26, 2012, Roll Call reported that Senator Rand Paul had endorsed Bentivolio. Roll Call also reported that local GOP officials were supporting former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, even though she isn't on the primary ballot, because they view her as the more viable candidate. [21]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bentivolio is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 4, 2013.[22]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Bentivolio missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[23]

Net Worth


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bentivolio's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $117,040 and $594,000. This averages to $355,520, which is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[24]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bentivolio has voted with the Republican Party 94.9% of the time. This ranked 176th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[25]


Bentivolio is married to his wife, Karen, and has one child.[26]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Detroit Free Press "Curson and Bentivolio both won bids for McCotter's seat," November 7, 2012
  2. Click On Detroit "Michigan's David Curson gets 6 weeks in US Congress," November 7, 2012
  3. Kerry for Congress "About" May 25, 2012
  4. Vote Smart Project "Kerry Bentivolio's Profile," Accessed October 9, 2012
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Kerry Bentivolio "Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
  7. [ Kerry Bentivolio "Economic Solutions," Accessed October 9, 2012
  8. Kerry Bentivolio "Healthcare," Accessed October 9, 2012
  9. [ Kerry Bentivolio "Balancing Budget," Accessed October 9, 2012
  10. [ Kerry Bentivolio "Immigration," Accessed October 9, 2012
  11. [ Kerry Bentivolio "Constitutional Republic," Accessed October 9, 2012
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  13. Associated Press primary results
  14. Detroit Free Press "Republican in 11th Congressional district makes TV ad buy" July 3, 2012
  15. Kerry Bentivolio "Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
  16. Daily Tribune, "Bentivolio wins special Mich. US House GOP primary," September 6, 2012
  17. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  18. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kerry Bentivolio," Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  20. Roll Call "Freshman Amash backs Kerry Bentivolio" July 6, 2012
  21. Roll Call "Bentivolio nabs Rand Paul endorsement" July 28, 2012
  22. Gov Track "Kerry Bentivolio," Accessed June 4, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Kerry Bentivolio" Accessed April 2013
  24., "Bentivolio, (R-Michigan), 2011"
  25. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  26. Vote Smart Project "Kerry Bentivolio's Profile," Accessed October 9, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
David Curson
U.S. House - Michigan District 11
Succeeded by