Dave Trott (politician)

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Dave Trott
Dave Trott official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th district
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byKerry Bentivolio
Succeeded byHaley Stevens
Personal details
David Alan Trott

(1960-10-16) October 16, 1960 (age 58)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kappy Trott
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
Duke University (JD)

David Alan Trott (born October 16, 1960) is a retired American politician and the former United States Representative for Michigan's 11th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Trott was born in 1960.[1][2] 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.[3] Trott was a member of the Bingham Farms Village Council from 1987 to 1988.[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,[3] and owns Trott Recovery Services.[5] He has served as chairman and CEO of NDeX, and 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 by 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 a partner of 23 energy companies.[8] He was a candidate for the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees in 2012.

Trott chairs the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner, a Republican fundraising event.[9] He 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[edit]

Trott's first official Congress portrait

2014 election[edit]

On September 4, 2013, Trott announced his candidacy for Michigan's 11th congressional district, challenging incumbent freshman Congressman Kerry Bentivolio.[3] 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. 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 Michigan Information and Research Service published the results of a Republican primary poll for the 11th Congressional District that showed 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 to Bentivolio's $130,000.[13] According to Federal Election Campaign filings, Trott personally contributed over $2,400,000 to his own primary run and outspent the incumbent approximately 20:1.[14][15] He defeated Bentivolio in the August 5 primary.[16] Bentivolio tried to initiate a write-in campaign for the November general election against Trott and Democrat Bobby McKenzie, but that effort failed.[17]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

2016 election[edit]

Trott won reelection with 53% of the vote against Democrat Anil Kumar, who had 40%, Libertarian Jonathan Ray Osment with 3%, and Independent Kerry Bentivolio with 4%.[21]

In September 2017 Trott announced that he would not run for reelection in 2018.[22]

Political stances[edit]

Trott is pro-life, supports school choice programs, supports gun rights, and opposes same-sex marriage, believing the latter issue should be left to the states to decide.[23]

National security[edit]

Trott supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries, saying, "Until we can adequately vet these refugees and ensure the safety of all Americans, I support President Trump’s executive order to stay refugees from these terror-prone countries."[24]

Health care[edit]

On May 4, 2017, Trott voted in favor of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and to pass the American Health Care Act.[25] He publicly called Trump "unhelpful on health care."[26]


Following the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017, Trott was increasingly criticized for not holding a town hall since April 2015. In response, he held a “Tele-Town Hall” on February 7, 2017, which received mixed reviews as some accused Trott of 'cherry-picking' questions over the phone. In addition, over 150 individuals who signed up for the Tele-Town Hall ultimately never received a call to participate. No explanation or apology was provided for the exclusion.[27] During the congressional recess of 2017, individual constituents of Trott's District, Michigan District 11, organized two separate Town Halls in hopes of enticing Trott to attend. Instead of meeting with his constituents, Trott chose to travel to India. Trott's office was not forthcoming with his schedule, and constituents found out about his trip via a story in the Times of India just days before the first of the two Town Halls.[28]

After the congressional recess, constituents continued to encourage Trott to hold a town hall meeting where they could meet with their representative face-to-face. In some cases, constituents were turned away at the door of Trott's office and police were called to remove them.[29] Then, on March 18, 2017, Trott held a town hall meeting with a mixed crowd, admitting his supporters a full half hour before the general public and seating them in the first rows of the audience. The majority of the general public were those opposed to Trott. Despite the event being held at a large convention venue, seating for only approximately 250 was provided. The vast majority of the approximately 1,000 constituents who arrived were not admitted to the town hall due to space limitations, and many stayed throughout in protest through a very heavy snowfall.

Topics discussed included the repeal and replacement of the ACA funding for social programs, and whether Trump’s tweets were a good strategy. After the town-hall meeting, Trott and his aide, Stu Sandler, were caught on a hot mic stating “We’re going to take that part where they’re booing funding for the military and I’m going to get somebody to write a story and we’re going to promote the sh*t out of that”, adding “It’s un-American crap.” An aide was also heard stating that they had “bounced” certain questions they did not want Trott to answer. Review of the tape shows that the booing begins after Trott said the American military was “the weakest it’s ever been” rather than related to military funding.[30]


  1. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Michigan-11: Dave Trott (R)". Nationaljournal.com.
  3. ^ a b c Halcom, Chad (September 4, 2013). "Farmington Hills exec David Trott declares candidacy for Bentivolio's U.S. House seat". Crain's Business Detroit. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dave Trott". GOP.com. Republican National Committee.
  5. ^ a b Korte, Gregory (February 3, 2012). "Romney super PAC supporter has ties to Freddie and Fannie". USA Today. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "U.S. House candidate David Trott made millions in mortgage crisis". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "David Trott". Forbes. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "United States House of Representatives : David A. Trott" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  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.
  10. ^ "U.S. Chamber Endorses Kerry Bentivolio's GOP Challenger". At the Races. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "List of Endorsements". Dave Trott for Congress. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "??". Mirsnews.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015. (subscription required)
  13. ^ "Bentivolio reports $130,000 in campaign war chest for Congress to Trott's $1M". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Committee/Candidate Search". Fec.gov. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/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)
  16. ^ "Michigan news". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  17. ^ Chad Livengood and Steve Pardo (October 2, 2014). "Bentivolio plans write-in campaign for Congress". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  18. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  21. ^ "2017 Michigan Elections, Candidates, Races and Voting".
  22. ^ Michigan Republican announces he won't seek re-election, WILX 10 News, from the Associated Press, 11 Sept 2017.
  23. ^ "Dave Trott evasive on Marriage Equality question". YouTube. June 29, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
    "Health care vote puts pressure on dozens of vulnerable GOP reps". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  26. ^ Bade, Rachel and Josh Bresnahan. "Republicans complain about White House infighting." Politico. 28 July 2017. 31 July 2017.
  27. ^ http://www.wxyz.com/news/angry-constituents-bring-chicken-to-town-hall
  28. ^ http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/this-month-27-us-congressmen-will-travel-to-india-ties-to-improve-significantly-271572.html
  29. ^ Melissa, Burke (February 22, 2017). "Constituents demanding Trott meeting turned away". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  30. ^ Wiegel, David. "Hot mic catches GOP congressman's adviser planning spin about 'un-American' protesters". Washington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2017.

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

Succeeded by
Haley Stevens