10 Questions: Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI)

America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Dave Trott, who represents the eleventh district of Michigan.  In the 114th Congress, Dave sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Dave is not a career Washington politician; rather he’s a Michigan innovator with a proven record of improving the lives of the citizens of Southeast Michigan.

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We asked Rep. Dave Trott 10 questions: 

1. What motivated you to run for public office?

While I was in college, I interned in Washington, DC for the Congressman from Southeast Michigan, Bill Broomfield and I was inspired by the work he did. One night as an intern, as I sat in the Capitol Rotunda—the great circle of democracy—I realized how special it would be to serve America in Congress.

2. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?

I was most surprised by the camaraderie between the Members of Congress. Everyone gets along with one another, regardless of party affiliation.

3. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?

The piece of advice that really resonates with me is simple— “Be nice to people.”

4. When did you realize you were a Republican?

When Gerald Ford became President in the mid 1970’s, I was energized partly because of his connection to Michigan. Soon after that, I became involved in the Michigan Young Republicans and was excited to help the party.

5. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?

Something that is very important to me is offering exceptional constituent service. As Southeast Michigan’s voice in Congress, I am here to be a leader my constituents can rely on and it is absolutely necessary to be accessible to them.

6. What was your first job?

I worked as a busboy at IHOP.

7. What kind of music do you listen to?

I really enjoy Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel.

8. What book are you currently reading?

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough

9. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?

Bacco Italian Restaurant

10. Who is your favorite sports team (College or Pro)?

Duke Blue Devils

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Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV)