|U.S. House, Michigan, District 11|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||David Curson (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 6, 2014|
|Bachelor's||St. Mary’s College|
|Service branch||Michigan Army National Guard|
|Date of birth||Oct. 6, 1951|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. 
The following is a list of Bentivolio's career highlights.
- 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
Bentivolio serves on the following committees:
- Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Small Business Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Investigations
Below are several campaign issues which were highlighted on Bentivolio's campaign website.
- 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."
- Health Care
Excerpt: "I wholeheartedly oppose Obamacare, and would repeal it."
- 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."
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."
- 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."
Bentivolio won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 11th District. 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.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Green||Steven Paul Duke||1.3%||4,569|
|Write-in||James Van Gilder||0%||14|
|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. 
Bentivolio was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below.
- 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
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. 
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. 
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.
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.
|Michigan's 11th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|Kerry Bentivolio's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Michigan, District 11)||$485,728|
|Grand Total Raised||$485,728|
|U.S. House, Michigan District 11, 2012 - Kerry Bentivolio Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$485,729|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$482,219|
|Top contributors to Kerry Bentivolio's campaign committee|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$10,000|
|Kerr Russell & Weber Plc||$5,500|
|Automotive Free International Trade PAC||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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.
Bentivolio is married to his wife, Karen, and has one child.
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- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Detroit Free Press "Curson and Bentivolio both won bids for McCotter's seat," November 7, 2012
- Click On Detroit "Michigan's David Curson gets 6 weeks in US Congress," November 7, 2012
- Kerry for Congress "About" May 25, 2012
- Project Vote Smart "Kerry Bentivolio's Profile," Accessed October 9, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Kerry Bentivolio "Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Economic Solutions," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Healthcare," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Balancing Budget," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Immigration," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Constitutional Republic," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
- Associated Press primary results
- Detroit Free Press "Republican in 11th Congressional district makes TV ad buy" July 3, 2012
- Kerry Bentivolio "Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
- Roll Call "Freshman Amash backs Kerry Bentivolio" July 6, 2012
- Roll Call "Bentivolio nabs Rand Paul endorsement" July 28, 2012
- Daily Tribune, "Bentivolio wins special Mich. US House GOP primary," September 6, 2012
- Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
- 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kerry Bentivolio," Accessed May 16, 2013
- Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
- Gov Track "Kerry Bentivolio," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Kerry Bentivolio" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Bentivolio, (R-Michigan), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Vote Smart Project "Kerry Bentivolio's Profile," Accessed October 9, 2012
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