Robert Dold

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Robert J. Dold
Robert J. Dold.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 10
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
First elected2010
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
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 U.S. House of Representatives. Dold was elected by voters from Illinois' 10th congressional district. Dold ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

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

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


After high school, Dold continued a family tradition and earned a BA 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 MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives



Campaign themes

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

  • 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."[7]

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. [8]



See also: Illinois' 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Dold was defeated by Democrat Brad Schneider.[9] 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.[10] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Dold won the Democratic-leaning suburban Chicago 10th district in 2010 by a narrow three-point margin.[11] 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.[11] Because of this, The Hill listed Dold as the 5th most vulnerable Republican incumbent in 2012 as a result of redistricting.[11]

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.[1] Dold will face Schneider in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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. Dold has published campaign adds which point to his independence from the Republican party and willingness to work for his district instead. 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.[12]


On November 2, 2010, Dold won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Daniel J. Seals (D) and Author C. Brumfield (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 10th Congressional District, 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


Robert J. Dold (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[15]March 8, 2012$1,241,296.35$205,068.17$(152,704.54)$1,293,659.98
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$1,293,659.98$397,866.81$(49,738.06)$1,641,788.73
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2012$1,641,788.73$717,396.33$(213,151.69)$2,136,033.37
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2012$2,136,033.37$1,013,930.57$(851,172.85)$2,298,791.09
Pre-General[19]October 25, 2012$2,298,791.09$287,650.47$(1,042,419.93)$1,544,021.63
Running totals

As of July 10, 2012 Dold raised $717,000 in the second quarter and at the end of the cycle had $2.1 million cash-on-hand.[20]


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 .[21]


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 ranks 32nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 35th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 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.[22]

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, 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.[23]

Political Positions

Percentage 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.[24]


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

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  2. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Dold" Accessed May 24, 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. Dold for Congress, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  8. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinoise"
  10. Chicago Sun-Times "Illinois Democrats target GOP with redrawing of congressional map" Accessed December 5, 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Hill "Most vulnerable redistricted Republicans" Accessed March 12, 2012
  12. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. FEC Reports "Robert J. Dold Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
  15. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed October 3, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "October Quarterly" Accessed November 21, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "Pre-General" Accessed November 21, 2012
  20. Chicago Business "Money pouring into area congressional races" Accessed July 13, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Robert J. Dold 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  22. LegiStorm "Robert Dold"
  23., "Dold, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kirk
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 10
Succeeded by