|Robert J. Dold|
|U.S. House, Illinois, District 10|
|January 3, 2011-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|High school||New Trier High School|
|Master's||Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management|
|Birthday||June 23, 1969|
|Place of birth||Evanston, Illinois|
|Profession||Pest Control Company Owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Careers
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Dold is one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.
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.
- Prior to 2011:
- Rose Pest Solutions, Business Owner
- 2011-Present:United States House of Representatives, Illinois' 10th Congressional District
U.S. House of Representatives
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
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."
Dold was defeated by Democrat Brad Schneider. 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. 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|
|Republican||Robert J. Dold Incumbent||49.4%||130,564|
|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. 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. Because of this, The Hill listed Dold as the 5th most vulnerable Republican incumbent in 2012 as a result of redistricting.
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. 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.
|Robert J. Dold (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Pre-Primary||March 8, 2012||$1,241,296.35||$205,068.17||$(152,704.54)||$1,293,659.98|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$1,293,659.98||$397,866.81||$(49,738.06)||$1,641,788.73|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$1,641,788.73||$717,396.33||$(213,151.69)||$2,136,033.37|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$2,136,033.37||$1,013,930.57||$(851,172.85)||$2,298,791.09|
|Pre-General||October 25, 2012||$2,298,791.09||$287,650.47||$(1,042,419.93)||$1,544,021.63|
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.
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 .
|U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 10th Congressional District, 2010 - Robert Dold Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,935,284|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,941,677|
|Top contributors to Robert Dold's campaign committee|
|Kirkland & Ellis||$59,750|
|William Blair & Co||$39,500|
|Madison Dearborn Partners||$35,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$382,300|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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.
Today, Dold lives on the North Shore. He and his wife Danielle are the proud parents of three children – Harper, Bobby, and Honor.
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- Media coverage:
- ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
- Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
- Gov Track "Dold" Accessed May 24, 2012
- Congressman Robert Dold "Full Biography" Accessed November 2, 2011
- Dold for Congress "Robert Dold Bio" Accessed November 2, 2011
- Congressman Robert Dold "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed November 2, 2011
- Dold for Congress, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinoise"
- Chicago Sun-Times "Illinois Democrats target GOP with redrawing of congressional map" Accessed December 5, 2011
- The Hill "Most vulnerable redistricted Republicans" Accessed March 12, 2012
- The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- FEC Reports "Robert J. Dold Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
- FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
- FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed October 3, 2012
- FEC Reports "October Quarterly" Accessed November 21, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-General" Accessed November 21, 2012
- Chicago Business "Money pouring into area congressional races" Accessed July 13, 2012
- Open Secrets "Robert J. Dold 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
- LegiStorm "Robert Dold"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Dold, (R-Illinois), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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