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Birthdate: Jan. 23, 1964
Birth Place: Rock Island, IL, United States
Residence: Colona, IL
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Elected: 2010
Bobby Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Ill., and now resides in Colona. He attended Black Hawk College.
Schilling worked at Container Corp. of America and was steward of Local 191 of the United Paperworkers International Union. He then went to work for Prudential Insurance Co., simultaneously serving as treasurer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
Schilling and his wife opened a pizza restaurant, Saint Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza, in Moline. When they opted to close on Sundays, many people warned them that the closure would doom their business, but it has thrived. Schilling has also had success in real estate.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2010, defeating two-term U.S. Rep. Phil Hare in a district that's been held by a Democrat for nearly three decades.
Schilling and his wife, Christie, have 10 children.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling is the first Republican elected to his district covering a swath of western Illinois in nearly three decades.
But the pizzeria owner who received strong tea party support isn't taking anything for granted. National Democrats have targeted his seat as one to pick up in their party's struggle to regain control of the House.
In the November 2012 general election, Schilling faces Cheri Bustos, a former journalist and health care executive who received an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
Schilling must also introduce himself to a large portion of his newly drawn district, which now extends to include part of Rockford.
In his first term, some of Schilling's votes caused trouble for him with constituents, including a 2011 vote against a federal grant to build an Amtrak line from Chicago to Iowa City, something long desired in the manufacturing-heavy district.
Afterward, Schilling said that he supported the rail line, but it wasn't a priority.
Schilling's win in 2010 over two-term U.S. Rep. Phil Hare was surprising, even to political insiders. He campaigned on reforming spending and cutting taxes, which he said would ignite the economy by creating good-paying jobs and putting more consumers in the market.
Schilling criticized the 2009 stimulus package, saying it contributed to a high annual deficit and has done little to create jobs.
Schilling opposes government control to lower health care costs and expand coverage but supports medical malpractice reform, increasing tax incentives toward the purchase of insurance, creating small business association health plans, and reducing fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid.
He was against the 2010 health care reform bill and vowed to repeal it after taking office.
"I'd vote to repeal the health care takeover again and again," Schilling said in a statement. "We need to repeal it, and then we need to replace it with bipartisan health care reform that will address skyrocketing health care costs while taking care of people with preexisting conditions. The American people deserve better than a 3,000 page bill that no one bothered to read."
Schilling opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research. He also has pledged not to take an annual Congressional pay raise, nor accept the government health insurance plan or pension.
Source: Associated Press
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