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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||James Hansen|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
|Preceded by||Stephen Holbrook|
|Succeeded by||Peter C. Knudson|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 61st district
|Preceded by||Willis L. Hansen|
|Succeeded by||Richard Ellertson|
July 13, 1951 |
Kaysville, Utah, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jeralynn Hansen Bishop|
|Residence||Brigham City, Utah, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Utah|
|Occupation||High School Teacher|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Robert William "Rob" Bishop (born July 13, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus.
Early life, education, and early career
Bishop was born in Kaysville, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. He served as a Mormon missionary in Germany from 1970 until 1972. Bishop received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1974. He taught civics classes at Brigham City's Box Elder High School from 1974 to 1980; he next taught German in Ogden, Utah at Ben Lomond High School; then he returned to teaching government and history classes at Box Elder High School until his retirement from teaching in 2002.  While a teacher at Box Elder, Bishop partnered with the Close Up Foundation to help students participate in Close Up's Washington, DC based civic education programs.
Early political career
Bishop was a member of the Utah State House of Representatives from 1979 until 1995. He was House Majority Leader and later served as Speaker of the House from 1992 until 1994. In 1997 he was elected chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and served for two terms in this position. He has also worked as a legislative lobbyist in Washington. After his retirement from the state legislature, Bishop returned to Box Elder High School and taught advanced placement courses while chairing the history department.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2002, he was elected with 61% of the vote. He has won re-election in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 with even larger margins.
As a teacher, he has made education related issues his top priority, advocating local control of schools. He voted against No Child Left Behind and supports school vouchers. He was also a co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to guarantee a balanced federal budget.
From 2008-2010 Rob Bishop served as Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, where he advocated for multiple use of public lands and the need for fewer restrictions and mandates that limit use.
In May 2010 Rob Bishop joined with other conservative House members to launch the 10th Amendment Task Force. The Task Force aims to educate Congress and the public about the concept of federalism.
As a member of Congress, Rob Bishop has introduced many pieces of legislation aimed at increasing domestic energy production in the United States, such as the 3-D energy bill. Ever a proponent of Multiple use parks over single use parks, he leveraged his position as Chairman of the Subcommittee over National Parks, Forests and Public Lands to stop the Department of Interior from designating areas as new defacto wilderness areas known as Wild Lands.
In February 2011, Bishop introduced an amendment during the debate on a continuing budget resolution for fiscal year 2011 that would have prohibited the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from spending federal funds on the National Landscape Conservation System. After coming under fire for introducing this amendment, Bishop withdrew it before the continuing budget resolution was voted on.
In early 2011 Bishop was criticized by local hunting groups and wildlife professionals for his support of a plan that completely defunded the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and the Land and Water Conservation fund (LWCF). Through NAWCA, Utah has received $3.6 million in federal funding which has been used to stimulate more than $10.4 million in private donations.
In mid-2011, after touring of the U.S. Mexico border, Rob Bishop led the charge on introducing a border security bill, H.R. 1505 the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. This bill gives the U.S. Border Patrol the authority to override specific environmental laws in order to allow the U.S. Border Patrol greater access to some of the most highly trafficked areas along the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents have cited that their efforts to address rampant criminal activity along the border have been hampered by environmental laws. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee and has not yet been brought before the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.
Similarly Congressman Bishop co-sponsored a bill put forth by House Majority whip Kevin McCarthy to remove regulations from 43 million acres (170,000 km2) of Forest Service Roadless Areas and Wilderness Study Areas to multiple use purposes.
Well known for his fashionable three piece suits, Congressman Bishop became the third best dressed congressmen in 2012 according to an article written in the Washingtonian.
On April 10, 2013, Bishop introduced the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act (H.R. 1459; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 to subject national monument declarations by the President to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). At present, the President of the United States can unilaterally declare something a national monument, whereas the United States Congress is required to follow a more rigorous series of procedures to gather input from the public. In addition to limiting the number of national monument declarations the president could make, the bill would forbid the government from declaring land belonging to a private owner as a national monument without the private owner's consent. Bishop argued that "the American people deserve the opportunity to participate in land-use decisions regardless of whether they are made in Congress or by the President." His new bill, he insists, would ensure "that new national monuments are created openly with consideration of public input."
- Committee on Rules
- Committee on Natural Resources
- House Armed Services Committee (on temporary leave of absence to serve on House Rules Committee)
- Tenth Amendment Task Force (Co-Founder)
- House GOP Policy Committee (Vice Chair)
- Co-founder of the Western States Coalition
- former Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus
- Tea Party Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
Bishop is the co-founder of the Western State Coalition, a states' rights organization.
|Year||Democratic||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2002||Dave Thomas||66,104||37%||Rob Bishop||109,265||61%||Craig Axford||Green||4,027||2%||*|
|2004||Steven Thompson||85,630||29%||Rob Bishop||199,615||68%||Charles Johnston||Constitution||4,510||2%||Richard W. Soderberg||Personal Choice||4,206||1%|
|2006||Steven Olsen||57,922||32%||Rob Bishop||112,546||63%||Mark Hudson||Constitution||5,539||3%||Lynn Badler||Libertarian||2,467||1%|
|2008||Morgan Bowen||87,139||30.4%||Rob Bishop||186,031||65.0%||Kirk D. Pearson||Constitution||6,861||2.4%||Joseph G. Buchman||Libertarian||6,287||2.2%|
- "Vitter, Bishop Introduce Bicameral 3D Act". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Bishop Responds to DOI Memo Calling for a Halt on Wild Lands Designations".
- "Bishop Introduces Amendment to Defund National Landscape Conservation System". 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Groups blast Bishop over 'gutting' landscape conservation". Deseret News. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Lynn de Freitas and Richard West (1 March 2011). "Don't cut conservation programs". Deseret News. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Burr, Thomas (November 29, 2012). "News roundup: Bishop third-best dressed in Congress". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "H.R. 1459 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- Johanson, Mark (24 March 2014). "GOP Bill Could Mean 'No More National Parks,' Public Land Advocates Warn". International Business Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Bishop Returns to House Natural Resources Committee". Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- Congressman Rob Bishop official U.S. House site
- Rob Bishop for Congress
- Rob Bishop at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Profile at SourceWatch
- Report on 3-D energy bill Utah Policy[when?]
- Block Wild Lands legislation Official U.S. House Site[when?]
- Bishop promotes oil shale exploration[when?]
- Subsidy Gusher Report Taxpayers for Common Sense[when?]
- Bishop Denies Tax Breaks for Oil Companies[when?]
- Bishop Backtracks on subsidies quesiton[when?]
- Bishop presented with pledge to end tax breaks to big oil The Standard Examiner[when?]
- Bishop receives criticism from hunting groups ‘’Standard Examiner’’[when?]
- Bishop criticized by wildlife professionals ‘’Standard Examiner’’[when?]
- Bishop supports cutting conservation programs ‘’Deseret News’’[when?]
- Bishop Criticized for not Supporting conservation programs ‘’Deseret News’’[when?]
- Bishops amendment to defund LWCF ‘’Standard Examiner’’[when?]
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James V. Hansen
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district
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