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He was born February 24, 1962, in Jackson, Michigan. He was educated at Hillsdale College (1984) in Hillsdale, Michigan and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan (1988), and was a business executive before entering the House.
From 1994 to 1999 Chocola was CEO of CTB Inc., a multinational livestock and grain equipment manufacturer, from at least 1997 through its IPO and as it grew and acquired a number of other agricultural equipment companies.
In the 2000 election, Chocola made an unsuccessful bid for Congress, narrowly losing to the incumbent, Tim Roemer. Roemer retired in the following 2002 cycle, and Chocola made a second attempt for the seat, this time defeating former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson in a heated race for the open seat. Chocola had scored campaign appearances from President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and other top officials to assist his bid.
In 2006, the Democrats nominated Joe Donnelly to face Chocola in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)  Donnelly defeated Chocola 54% to 46% to take possession of the seat. 
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Chocola was the sixth largest recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions. DeLay is being prosecuted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money.
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