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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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 9, 2010
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]


Dold was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, where he lived with his parents and three sisters. He attended New Trier High School, becoming a football quarterback and captain of the school's wrestling and lacrosse teams before graduating in 1987.[4][5]

After high school, Dold attended Denison University, graduating with his B.A. in 1991. He went on to earn a J.D. from Indiana University in 1996. Dold later enrolled at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and graduated with an MBA in 2000.[4]

Dold was elected to represent Illinois' 10th Congressional District in 2010 and served in office from 2011 to 2013. He was defeated by challenger Brad Schneider (D) in the 2012 election, but won his seat back from Schneider in the 2014 midterm election.[6]

Prior to being elected to Congress, Dold ran a small pest management company called Rose Pest Solutions. He also serves as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County and for the Northeast Illinois Council for the Boy Scouts of America, and he has participated in the Honor Flight program.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Dold's academic, professional and political career:[7]

  • 2015-Present: U.S Representative from Illinois' 10th Congressional District
  • 2011-2013: U.S Representative from Illinois' 10th Congressional District
  • 2000: Graduated from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a M.B.A.
  • 1997-1999: Staff, United States House of Representatives Committee on Reform and Oversight
  • 1996: Graduated from Indiana University with a J.D.
  • 1991-1993: Staff, United States Vice President James Danforth Quayle
  • 1991: Graduated from Denison University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Dold serves on the following committees:[8]



The Washington Post called Dold a moderate Republican who had a centrist voting record in Congress.[10] 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.[11]

Political positions

Dold is a supporter of abortion rights.[12] He also introduced a bill that prevents lawmakers from blocking funding to Planned Parenthood.[13] Dold also supports stem cell research.[14]

Dold also supports immigration reform and same-sex marriage, and stated his desire to improve the Affordable Care Act.[15] He also supports gun control and accepts the scientific consensus on climate change.[16][17][18]

Campaign themes


According to Dold's website, his campaign themes included:[19]

  • Creating Jobs Now
Excerpt: "Creating quality jobs requires a marriage of two basic components — the fostering of a pro-business environment that attracts employers to invest in our communities, and an education system that is in tune with those businesses and the skills needed for the jobs of today. When either of these components falls short, we end up with a skills gap between those seeking work and available jobs."
  • Leadership in the World
Excerpt: "The 10th District has a history and tradition of a thoughtful global outlook and special appreciation for the positive role American leadership can, and must, play in the world. We expect strong leadership from our representatives in Washington on foreign affairs and national security, and this is a responsibility that I embrace, as I believe we must focus on human rights, the rights of women across the globe, confronting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and standing up against any attempted de-legitimization of Israel in the international community."
  • Better Healthcare
Excerpt: "The healthcare debate has devolved well away from a discussion of how we ensure better access to quality care, to an entrenched political exercise in which you’re either “for” or “against” the Affordable Care Act. I believe this to be not a constructive dialogue, and choose not to view healthcare this way. Instead, I believe we all need to step away from the current debate and have a bipartisan discussion about how we want our healthcare system to look in the future – what incentives for innovation, efficiencies, and cures we want to ensure, how we address costs, and how we ensure that there is no interference in the very personal relationship between a patient and physician."
  • Making Immigration Work
Excerpt: "As the descendent of immigrants with deep roots in our community, for me, fixing America’s broken immigration system isn’t about politics. Immigrants from across the globe – from all backgrounds, ethnicities, races and religions – built this country and grew it into the greatest country the world has ever seen. America’s success as a nation is inseparable from the rich tradition of robust immigration that defined much of our history."
  • Education
Excerpt: "An educated workforce is the foundation of a strong economy and a prosperous nation. Especially during an economic downturn, education is the beacon that will guide us to a better future, help Americans get back to work, and equip future generations to lead. Local control, rather than federal mandates, is a driving theme of my education perspective. I believe parents, educators, and local administrators are best equipped to make decisions that impact their local schools and their local students."
  • Budget, Deficit and Taxes
Excerpt: "The success of our economy hinges on how we handle our nation’s increasing deficit. Good governing is about making tough, but responsible choices to put our country’s economy back on track. The budget deficit can only be reduced with a multi-faceted approach that includes cutting annual government spending, identifying additional savings opportunities and creating an equitable system that will balance the budget and forge a sustainable fiscal path for our economic future."
  • Energy Security
Excerpt: "For too long we have allowed the issues of energy production and consumption to become political and we are paying the price. The United States has an energy reliance problem that must be solved and we can solve it here in this country. We rely on energy from abroad to power our transportation and manufacturing needs, and do so at our own peril as the money we pay for those resources flows outside our borders, often to regimes that not only do not hold our best interest in mind, but who turn around and use the money to then buy U.S. Treasuries to subsidize our national debt."
  • A Clean Environment
Excerpt: "As an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman, I know firsthand the critical importance of strong conservation programs and bedrock environmental programs that protect our nation’s vast natural lands and resources. I have been a leader on the environment and fought for clean air, clean water, land and water conservation programs, the protection of our national parks, and of endangered species. Twice I have been honored to receive recognition for my efforts by the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, and National Conservation Lands Foundation with the “America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champion Award.” "
  • Social Issues
Excerpt: "As a husband and father of two girls, and a brother of three sisters, the issue of protecting women’s healthcare decisions is one that is particularly close to me. Healthcare is a very personal matter that I believe best lies with a woman and her physician, and should not be dictated by the government. Protecting a woman’s right to choose is critical and I have a strong record of safeguarding women’s healthcare rights (and protecting their right to choose) during my time in Congress."

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. [20]

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.[21]



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.[22]


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

Dold was defeated by Democratic challenger Brad Schneider in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23] Dold was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 10th District. Dold sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[24] 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 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.[25] 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 were bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Dold had published campaign adds which pointed 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 percent of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. Republicans were trying to hold on to their districts by showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[26]


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.[27]

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

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Dold is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dold raised a total of $11,286,621 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[28]

Robert Dold's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $3,732,448
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Defeated $4,569,085
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $2,985,088
Grand Total Raised $11,286,621


Dold won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Dold's campaign committee raised a total of $3,732,448 and spent $3,648,085.[29] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[30]

Cost per vote

Dold spent $40.03 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Illinois District 10, 2014 - Robert Dold Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,732,448
Total Spent $3,648,085
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $4,843,061
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $4,754,838
Top contributors to Robert Dold's campaign committee
Kirkland & Ellis$133,090
Greenberg Traurig LLP$32,600
Sidley Austin LLP$31,950
Madison Dearborn Partners$28,300
Hollister Inc$27,150
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$479,990
Leadership PACs$300,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$248,143
Real Estate$149,760

Below are Dold's FEC reports.[31]


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.[37]


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.[38]


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."[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]


Dold lives on Chicago's North Shore. He and his wife, Danielle, have three children -- Harper, Bobby and Honor.[44]

Dold is active with the local Eagle Scouts, having served as a scoutmaster for one of the local troops.[4]

External links

Suggest a link


  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 4.2 4.3 Dold for Congress, "Meet Bob," accessed February 3, 2015
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DOLD, Robert, (1969 - )," accessed February 5, 2015
  6. Politico, "Senate Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Robert Dold," accessed January 26, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  9. Congressman Robert Dold, "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed November 2, 2011
  10. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 House race rematches of 2014," January 24, 2014
  11. Daily Herald, "Compromise not a bad word on debt," July 29, 2011
  12. WBEZ, "In 10th district, first-term Republican Bob Dold tries to hold off challenger Brad Schneider," November 6, 2012
  13. Huffington Post, "Bob Dold Introduces Bill To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding," May 9, 2012
  14. Daily Herald, "10th Dist. candidates back stem cell research, oppose injunction," August 25, 2010
  15. The Hill, "Illinois Republican eyes return to Congress," November 10, 2013
  16. CBS News, "Bloomberg super PAC supports gun control, gay rights," October 7, 2012
  17. NPR, "Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'," April 22, 2014
  18., "Democrats Distort Vote on Climate Change," April 26, 2013
  19. Dold for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 3, 2015
  20. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. Daily Herald, "Dold being recruited by top GOP to run again in 10th" Accessed May 2, 2013
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  24. Chicago Sun-Times, "Illinois Democrats target GOP with redrawing of congressional map" Accessed December 5, 2011
  25. ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012 (dead link)
  26. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Dold," accessed April 15, 2015
  29. Open Secrets, "Robert Dold 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 6, 2015
  30. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 6, 2015
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Dold 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed February 26, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 14, 2014
  37. OpenSecrets, "2012 Election" Accessed March 21, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Robert J. Dold 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  39. GovTrack, "Dold" Accessed May 24, 2012
  40. LegiStorm, "Robert Dold"
  41. OpenSecrets, "Dold, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  42. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  44. Congressman Robert Dold, "Full Biography" Accessed November 2, 2011
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