Dave Trott (politician)

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David Trott
David Trott official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Kerry Bentivolio
Personal details
Born David Alan Trott
(1960-10-16) October 16, 1960 (age 58)
Birmingham, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kappy
Children Three
Residence Birmingham, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A.)
Duke University (J.D.)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website Trott for Congress

David Alan Trott (born October 16, 1960) is the Republican United States Representative of Michigan's 11th congressional district. As of November 2015, Trott is one of the wealthiest men in Congress with a net worth estimated at US $89–311 million according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Early life and education

Trott was born in 1960.[2][3] He graduated from Cranbrook in 1978, and obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. He graduated from the Duke University School of Law in 1985, receiving his Juris Doctor.[4]


Trott is the chairman and CEO of Trott & Trott PC, which represents banks and lenders in homeowner foreclosure and bankruptcy litigation. He is the owner of Attorneys Title Agency LLC and its subsidiaries. Trott is also the co-owner of Dietz Trott Sports & Entertainment,[4] and owns Trott Recovery Services.[5] Trott has also served as chairman and CEO of NDeX, and has been affiliated with Detroit Legal News Publishing, the U.S. Foreclosure Network, and First American Financial Corporation. Trott's legal career and impact on the community was profiled on the front page of the Detroit Free Press on May 18, 2014.[6]

Trott has served on the boards of the University of Michigan, On My Own, the Detroit Country Day School, The Community House, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute.[7] He is additionally a partner of 23 energy companies.[8]

Trott chairs the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner, an important GOP fundraising event.[9] Trott was a major donor to the Republican National Committee and the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

On September 4, 2013, Trott announced his candidacy for Michigan's 11th congressional district, challenging incumbent freshman Congressman Kerry Bentivolio.[4] Former Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, former Congressional candidate Rocky Raczkowski, and Republican Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel were announced as his campaign co-chairs. Both the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the United States Chamber of Commerce[10] endorsed Trott's campaign, joining more than 350 other individuals and elected officials.[11]

On May 27 MIRS – Michigan Information and Research Service published the results of an initial Republican primary poll for the 11th Congressional District which showed incumbent Kerry Bentivolio at 33% to Trott's 21%, with a large portion of the district undecided.[12]

Trott enjoyed a significant advantage in resources over his opponent throughout the campaign, with more than $1 million in the bank following the first quarter of 2014, compared to Bentivolio's $130,000.[13] According to Federal Election Campaign filings Trott had personally contributed over $2,400,000 to his own primary run and outspent the incumbent approximately 20:1.[14][15] The congressional primary election was held on August 5, 2014 in which he defeated Bentivolio.[16] However, Bentivolio tried to initiate a write-in campaign for the November 2014 election to run against Trott and Democrat Bobby McKenzie and continue serving the people of Michigan in Congress, however that effort failed.[17]

Committee assignments

Political views

Trott is pro-life, supports school choice programs, supports gun rights, and is opposed to same-sex marriage, but believes that the issue should be left to the states to decide.[18]


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  8. "United States House of Representatives : David A. Trott" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. AlHajal, Khalil (September 4, 2013). "U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio faces primary challenge from Oakland County Republican David Trott". MLive. Retrieved September 11, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "U.S. Chamber Endorses Kerry Bentivolio's GOP Challenger". At the Races. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "List of Endorsements". Dave Trott for Congress. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. "Bentivolio reports $130,000 in campaign war chest for Congress to Trott's $1M". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Committee/Candidate Search". Fec.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. https://web.archive.org/20141019175740/http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140915/POLITICS/309150086/Bentivolio-seriously-considering-write-campaign. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  17. Chad Livengood and Steve Pardo (October 2, 2014). "Bentivolio plans write-in campaign for Congress". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Dave Trott evasive on Marriage Equality question". YouTube. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kerry Bentivolio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Norma Torres
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mark Walker
R-North Carolina