Robert Dold

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Robert Dold
Robert Dold, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mark Kirk
Succeeded by Brad Schneider
Personal details
Born Robert James Dold, Jr.
(1969-06-23) June 23, 1969 (age 45)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Danielle Dold
Children 3
Alma mater Denison University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Northwestern University
Religion Christianity
Website Campaign website

Robert James "Bob" Dold, Jr.[1] (born June 23, 1969) is the former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.[2] Prior to his election, Dold ran his family-owned business, Rose Pest Solutions.[3] Dold defeated Democratic Party nominee Dan Seals to replace Republican incumbent Mark Kirk.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed] 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.[5]

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.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In his first radio ad of the general election campaign, Dold described himself as a small business owner, fiscal conservative and social moderate.[7] Dan Seals' campaign disputed Dold's credentials as a "social moderate".[8] Dold was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune,[9] the US Chamber of Commerce[10] and the Electrical Contractors' Association.[11] Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani[10] and president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist[12] campaigned for Dold. After reporting nearly equal fund-raising for the second quarter,[13] Dold's fund-raising outpaced Seals' in the third quarter. Dold began the final quarter with more cash on hand than Seals.[14] 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.[15]

On October 7, 2010, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Dold because “he will be in the moderate, pro-choice, independent mold of Kirk.”[16]


The National Journal's Cook Political Report named Dold one of the top 10 Republicans most vulnerable to redistricting in 2012[17] with the 10th becoming more Democratic following redistricting. The endorsement of Mark Kirk, who is popular in the district, was expected to help Dold.[18] Dold had a strong cash-on-hand advantage over his opponent Brad Schneider.[19][20] Dold earned the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald.[21][22] Schneider defeated Dold 51%-49%, a difference of just 3,000 votes.[23]


On May 8, 2013, Dold announced in an e-mail to supporters that he would run for his old seat in 2014.[24] The race has been ranked the #7 most likely flip for 2014 House rematches.[25]


Dold hired lobbyist Eric Burgeson, who grew up in Illinois’ 10th District, as his Congressional Chief of Staff.[26] Burgeson and Dold had previously worked together on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign.[27] Dold instituted a policy that "staff may not work on matters of substance with former clients."[26]

The non-partisan organization GovTrack ranked Dold in the political Center of Congress.[28] 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.[29] 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.[citation needed] An editorial at The Daily Herald noted Dold’s spirit of bipartisanship and called for more Bob Dolds in Congress.[30]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Dold is married and has three children.[32] Dold resides in Kenilworth, Illinois and runs Rose Pest Solutions, the oldest pest control company in the country.[33][34] Dold attends Kenilworth Union Church and is a scoutmaster for Kenilworth Boy Scout Troop #13.[35]


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.[35]

In 2012, Dold purchased a home in Kenilworth, IL from his parents.[36] This home is outside the 10th Congressional District.[37]


  1. ^ "Representative Robert James Dold (Robert) (R-Illinois, 10th) – Biography from". LegiStorm. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Seals concedes congressional race in 10th District". ABC News. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Rose Pest Solutions". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Bob Dold ancestry". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  5. ^ Bio Bob Dold for Congress
  6. ^ Small businessman's roots run deep in district, Lynn Stiefel, Pioneer Press, January 7, 2010
  7. ^ Dold Launches First Radio Ad, Dold for Congress Press Release, Chicago GOP, July 21, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Dold starts radio ad campaign in 10th Dist. race, Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, August 4, 2010
  9. ^ "For the US House". Chicago Tribune. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  10. ^ a b [1], Pioneer Press, Sept. 13, 2010[dead link]
  11. ^ Political Briefs, Lake County News-Sun, July 20, 2010
  12. ^ New ads by Foster, NRCC; Norquist endorses Dold; Nazi smear, Rich Miller, The Capitol Fax Blog, September 20, 2010
  13. ^ Dold, Seals tied in second quarter fund-raising in Illinois 10th House district, Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, July 15, 2010
  14. ^ Lynne Stiefel (18 October 2010). "10th Congress District: Show me the money". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  15. ^ Candidate's campaign finance called into question FEC looking into Republican Bob Dold's campaign funds, Randi Belisomo, WGN News, September 30, 2010
  16. ^ Chicago Tribune, October 7, 2010:
  17. ^ David Wasserman and Julia Edwards (April 15, 2011). "Top 10 Republicans Most Vulnerable to Redistricting". Cook Political Report. National Journal. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ McClelland, Edward (March 23, 2012). "Handicapping The Congressional Races". NBC Chicago. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ Lissau, Russell (February 2, 2012). "Sheyman, Schneider lead Democratic candidates in 10th District cash race". Daily Herald. 
  20. ^ "Sheyman Brings a 'Truly Progressive Voice'". Buffalo Grove Patch. March 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Searching for solutions". Chicago Tribune. October 7, 2012. 
  22. ^
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  24. ^ "Dold out to reclaim north suburban congressional seat". Chicago Tribune. May 9, 2013. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ a b Daniel Newhauser (5 January 2011). "Outsiders Choose Hill Professionals". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  27. ^ Kevin Bogardus (8 December 2010). "GOP freshman class draws K Street talent". The Hill. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  28. ^ [2][dead link]
  29. ^ National Journal, February 25, 2012, Pages, 10–49
  30. ^ Daily Herald Editorial Board (July 29, 2011). "Compromise not a bad word on debt". Daily Herald. 
  31. ^ Molly K. Hoper (12 December 2010). "Tea Party-backed freshmen win plum committee assignments". The Hill. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  32. ^ Candidate: Robert Dold, Chicago Tribune
  33. ^ Kenilworth businessman to enter 10th Dist. Congressional race, Mick Zawislak, Daily Herald, September 12, 2009
  34. ^ LinkedIn Profile. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  35. ^ a b Bob Dold's "primary residency" in question, Abdon M. Pallasch, Chicago Sun Times, September 28, 2010
  36. ^ Goldsborough, Bob (2013-02-06). "Former Rep. Dold buys parents' house in Kenilworth". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  37. ^ Sadin, Steve (June 2, 2011). "Dold Will Run in Remapped 10th". Libertyville Patch. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Brad Schneider