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Robert Dold
former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district - member of the Republican Party.


Robert Dold Biography

ENG: Robert James "Bob" Dold, Jr. (born June 23, 1969) is the former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Prior to his election, Dold ran his family-owned business, Rose Pest Solutions. Dold defeated Democratic Party nominee Dan Seals to replace Republican incumbent Mark Kirk.


Early life, education, and career

Dold was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Judith Gail (née Kelley) and Robert James Dold. His ancestry includes German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, and English. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka where he was quarterback of the football team and captain of the wrestling and lacrosse teams. He earned a BA from Denison University where he served as President of the Campus Governance Association, 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.

Dold was an intern in the administration of Vice President Dan Quayle. He also clerked for a New York State Judge and served as an investigative counsel for the Republican-led House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.


U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010

In his first radio ad of the general election campaign, Dold described himself as a small business owner, fiscal conservative and social moderate. Dan Seals' campaign disputed Dold's credentials as a "social moderate". Dold was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Electrical Contractors' Association. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist campaigned for Dold. After reporting nearly equal fund-raising for the second quarter, Dold's fund-raising outpaced Seals' in the third quarter. Dold began the final quarter with more cash on hand than Seals. At the request of the Federal Election Commission the Dold campaign amended their second quarter, 2010, filing in September, 2010 to reflect debts and expenditures that had been incurred in the second quarter but had not yet been billed when the filing period ended.

On October 7, 2010, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Dold because “he will be in the moderate, pro-choice, independent mold of Kirk.”



The National Journal's Cook Political Report named Dold one of the top 10 Republicans most vulnerable to redistricting in 2012 with the 10th becoming more Democratic following redistricting. The endorsement of Mark Kirk, who is popular in the district, was expected to help Dold. Dold had a strong cash-on-hand advantage over his opponent Brad Schneider. Dold earned the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. Schneider defeated Dold 51%-49%, a difference of just 3,000 votes.



Dold hired lobbyist Eric Burgeson, who grew up in Illinois’ 10th District, as his Congressional Chief of Staff. Burgeson and Dold had previously worked together on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign. Dold instituted a policy that "staff may not work on matters of substance with former clients."

Dold is one of 7 pro-choice Republicans in the House of Representatives, was the only Republican to speak out on the House Floor in support of funding for Planned Parenthood and voted against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

The non-partisan organization GovTrack ranked Dold in the political Center of Congress. National Journal Magazine did a comprehensive study of key votes in the House of Representatives and ranked Dold as one of the most independent members of the House. Dold is an original member of the No Labels movement which is seeking to end the gridlock in Washington, DC so that positive legislation can be moved forward. The Daily Herald noted Dold’s spirit of bipartisanship and called for more Bob Dolds in Congress.


Personal life

Dold is married and has three children. Dold resides in Kenilworth, Illinois and runs Rose Pest Solutions, the oldest pest control company in the country. Dold attends Kenilworth Union Church and is a scoutmaster for Kenilworth Boy Scout Troop #13.

Dold has claimed residency in the 10th District for his entire life. Although he consistently voted in Wilmette, he received about $4,000 in tax breaks in 2004 through 2006 for claiming a homeowner’s exemption on a house he owns in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood, according to the Cook County Assessor’s office. Election law recognizes a difference between a 'principal residence' where one can claim a tax break, and a 'permanent residence' where one can continue to vote even if 'principally' living somewhere else.





February 8,2013

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