Robert Dold

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Robert J. Dold
Robert J. Dold.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 10
In office
January 3, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorBrad Schneider (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Illinois, District 10
January 3, 2011- January 3, 2013
High schoolNew Trier High School
Bachelor'sDenison University
Master'sNorthwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
J.D.Indiana University
Date of birthJune 23, 1969
Place of birthEvanston, Illinois
ProfessionPest Control Company Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Robert J. Dold campaign logo
Robert James "Bob" Dold, Jr. (b. June 23, 1969) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 10th Congressional District. He defeated incumbent Brad Schneider (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2]

Dold was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served Illinois' 10th Congressional District up until his departure in 2013. He was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012 by Schneider. According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Dold was one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents because redistricting had made the district more Democratic.[3]


After high school, Dold continued a family tradition and earned a B.A. from Denison University. His educational credentials include a law degree from Indiana University, where he was selected by his classmates to give the commencement address and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives



The Washington Post called Dold a moderate Republican who had a centrist voting record in Congress.[7] National Journal ranked him as one of the most independent members of Congress. An editorial in The Daily Herald noted Dold’s spirit of bipartisanship, calling for more "Bob Dolds" in Congress.[8]

Political positions

Dold is a supporter of abortion rights.[9] He also introduced a bill that prevents lawmakers from blocking funding to Planned Parenthood.[10] Dold also supports stem cell research.[11]

Dold also supports immigration reform and same-sex marriage, and stated his desire to improve the Affordable Care Act.[12] He also supports gun control and accepts the scientific consensus on climate change.[13][14][15]

Campaign themes

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

  • Jobs: "This is why my number one priority is jobs and the economy – my focus is on policies that will promote enduring economic growth."
  • Government Spending: "The more we take out of the economy for taxes, the less investment occurs to create businesses and jobs, and the larger the government becomes."
  • Healthcare: "While we enjoy the finest quality of healthcare in the world, the system is not perfect and needs thoughtful reforms that provide better access at a more affordable cost."[16]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Robert Dold endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Dold voted for 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 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014

Dold ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2] He defeated incumbent Brad Schneider (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Schneider Incumbent 48.7% 91,136
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Dold Jr. 51.3% 95,992
Total Votes 187,128
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

Dold was actively recruited by top Republican officials, including the National Republican Committee, to make a 2014 bid for Congress against Brad Schneider (D), who unseated him in 2012.[19]


See also: Illinois' 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Dold was defeated by Democratic challenger Brad Schneider in the general election on November 6, 2012.[20] Dold was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 10th District. Dold had sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[21] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Schneider 50.6% 133,890
     Republican Robert J. Dold Incumbent 49.4% 130,564
Total Votes 264,454
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Dold won the Democratic-leaning suburban Chicago 10th District in 2010 by a narrow three-point margin.[22] In the redistricting process the district was pushed further into the suburbs, making it a bit more Democratic, and removing some of the swing voters that had allowed him to win in 2010.[22] Because of this, The Hill listed Dold as the 5th most vulnerable Republican incumbent in 2012 as a result of redistricting.[22]

Dold ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. Brad Schneider defeated candidates Vivek Bavda, Ilya Sheyman and John Tree in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[23] Dold was defeated by Schneider in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many Republicans were trying to show that they are bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Dold had published campaign adds which point to his independence from the Republican party and willingness to work for his district instead. In a 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 were trying to hold on to their districts with showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[24]


On November 2, 2010, Robert J. Dold won election to the United States House. He defeated Daniel J. Seals (D) and Author C. Brumfield (I) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Illinois District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert J. Dold 51.1% 109,941
     Democratic Daniel J. Seals 48.9% 105,290
     Independent Author C. Brumfield 0% 1
Total Votes 215,232

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dold's reports.[26]

Robert Dold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]September 9, 2013$107,293.29$1,950.92$(6,783.41)$102,460.80
July Quarterly[28]October 22, 2013$102,460.80$546,187.88$(32,875.91)$615,772.77
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$615,772.77$317,835.91$(114,455.45)$819,153.23
Year End[30]January 31, 2014$819,153$301,366$(112,826)$1,007,693
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$1,285,122.00$607,173.00$(244,762.00)$1,652,608.00
Running totals


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

Dold lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Dold's campaign committee raised a total of $4,515,518 and spent $4,531,084.[32]


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

Dold won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Dold's campaign committee raised a total of $2,985,088 and spent $2,903,831 .[33]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dold was a "centrist Republican."[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Dold paid his congressional staff a total of $764,274 in 2011. He ranked 32nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 35th 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.[35]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Dold's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $696,022 and $6,394,996. That averages to $3,545,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[36]

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. Dold ranked 231st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[37]

Voting with party


Robert J. Dold voted with the Republican Party 85 of the time, which ranked 226 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[38]


Dold lives on Chicago's North Shore. He and his wife, Danielle, are parents of three children – Harper, Bobby, and Honor.[4]

External links


  1. Politico, "Senate Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," accessed March 16, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Congressman Robert Dold, "Full Biography" Accessed November 2, 2011
  5. Dold for Congress, "Robert Dold Bio" Accessed November 2, 2011
  6. Congressman Robert Dold, "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed November 2, 2011
  7. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 House race rematches of 2014," January 24, 2014
  8. Daily Herald, "Compromise not a bad word on debt," July 29, 2011
  9. WBEZ, "In 10th district, first-term Republican Bob Dold tries to hold off challenger Brad Schneider," November 6, 2012
  10. Huffington Post, "Bob Dold Introduces Bill To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding," May 9, 2012
  11. Daily Herald, "10th Dist. candidates back stem cell research, oppose injunction," August 25, 2010
  12. The Hill, "Illinois Republican eyes return to Congress," November 10, 2013
  13. CBS News, "Bloomberg super PAC supports gun control, gay rights," October 7, 2012
  14. NPR, "Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'," April 22, 2014
  15., "Democrats Distort Vote on Climate Change," April 26, 2013
  16. Dold for Congress, "Issues," accessed October 4, 2012
  17. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  18. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. Daily Herald, "Dold being recruited by top GOP to run again in 10th" Accessed May 2, 2013
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  21. Chicago Sun-Times, "Illinois Democrats target GOP with redrawing of congressional map" Accessed December 5, 2011
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The Hill, "Most vulnerable redistricted Republicans" Accessed March 12, 2012
  23. ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012 (dead link)
  24. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Dold 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed February 26, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 14, 2014
  32. OpenSecrets, "2012 Election" Accessed March 21, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Robert J. Dold 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  34. GovTrack, "Dold" Accessed May 24, 2012
  35. LegiStorm, "Robert Dold"
  36. OpenSecrets, "Dold, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Schneider
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mark Kirk
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 10
Succeeded by
Brad Schneider