Tim Bishop

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Tim Bishop
Tim Bishop Portrait c111-112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Felix Grucci
Personal details
Born (1950-06-01) June 1, 1950 (age 63)
Southampton, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathy Bishop
Children Molly Bishop
Meghan Bishop
Residence Southampton, New York
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross (AB)
Long Island University (MA)
Occupation College Administrator, Politician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop

Timothy H. "Tim" Bishop (born June 1, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 1st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district includes most of Central and Eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island. The district encompasses wealthy enclaves such as the Hamptons, middle class suburban towns such as Selden, Centereach and Lake Grove, working-class neighborhoods such as Mastic and Riverhead and rural farming communities such as Mattituck and Jamesport on the North Fork.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Bishop is a twelfth-generation resident of Southampton, New York, where he was born on June 1, 1950.[1] He received a bachelor's degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree from Long Island University. He served as the long-time Provost of Southampton College, where he began working in 1973 as an admissions counselor. During his 29 years at the college, he served in administrative positions touching almost every aspect of college life, from institutional research and planning, to financial aid and enrollment services, student activities, personnel, community relations and fundraising.

Political career[edit]

Rep. Tim Bishop (at podium)

Tim Bishop supported & voted for the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Bishop also voted for the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act ( TARP), and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the “stimulus bill”), and for further measures in 2009 and 2010. He also voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011, which provided for further gradual increments in the debt limit.[2]

Bishop received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2008 Congressional Scorecard on Middle Class Values.[3]

Bishop participated in the bipartisan coalition of elected officials and community advocates that saved the 106th Air Rescue Wing located at Gabreski Airport from being shut down by the Pentagon’s base closure commission.[4] He also introduced legislation in opposition to a plan that would have dumped more than twenty million cubic yards of contaminated dredge waste in the Long Island Sound.[5] He has supported the Democratic Party's efforts to increase college affordability.[6][7]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Political campaigns[edit]


In his first political race, Bishop ran as a Democrat against Republican Incumbent Felix J. Grucci, Jr. During the campaign, Grucci ran radio ads accusing Bishop of falsifying rape statistics at Southampton College, but his claims were based on articles from a college newspaper that contained numerous inaccuracies. Grucci refused to repudiate the ads, and was defeated by Bishop.[8]


Incumbent Tim Bishop beat Republican candidate William M. Manger, Jr. 56.2%-43.8%


Incumbent Tim Bishop beat Republican candidate Italo Zanzi 62.2%-37.8%


Incumbent Tim Bishop defeated Republican candidate Lee Zeldin 58%-42% and was re-elected.[9]


Bishop narrowly defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a margin of 50.2% to 49.8%[10] after Altschuler conceded the race when trailing by 263 votes.[11]


Bishop again defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a 52.2%-47.8% margin.[12]

Ethics investigation[edit]

In September 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review of an August 2012 incident in which Bishop is accused of soliciting a campaign contribution from hedge fund magnate Eric Semler in exchange for acting in an official capacity to obtain fireworks permits for his son's bar mitzvah on Long Island.[13][14] Bishop denies the allegations.[15][16]

Relationship with Shinnecock First Nation[edit]

Tim Bishop has recently developed a strong relationship with the Shinnecock Nation In his later years in office, he began to support and recognize the rights of the nation by aiding in their attempt for federal recognition, which was granted in 2010. He wrote a letter to Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, stating that is was "obvious" that this nation existed prior to Long Island records, and that he was offended by the attempts from the Coalition of Connecticut to disqualify the tribe on the grounds that the nation was not authentically independent.[17] The congressmen asked for the Secretary to look into recordings from meetings conducted by Indian affairs, which would clarify the actions of the Native Americans have with their developer. Bishop recognized that the Tribe follow their own customs, rituals and more importantly, elections, which define them as their own governing body .[17]

This specific federal recognition grants the tribe the opportunity to develop a casino on their land.[18]

Bishop has helped the tribe receive federal funding. The tribe recently received $160,000 from the federal government. Bishop, sent a letter to White House budget officials, urging them to financially support the tribe. He stated that is was important for "The Shinnecock nation [to] receive the same support traditionally extended to newly-recognized Indian tribes by the federal government".[19] If the Budget goes through,the allocated money will primarily be used for "infrastructure, administration and organizational support as well as training the tribal government in federal policy and procedures, judicial systems and community policing".[20]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop is married to Kathryn, founder and director of The Children's School Early Childhood program at Southampton College, and has two daughters, Molly and Meghan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Meet Tim". Bishop for Congress 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tim Bishop - Debt, Deficit, Spending, and the Size of Government". ThePoliticalGuide.com. 2009. Retrieved 5-2-2012. 
  3. ^ "Congress at the Midterm: Their 2005 Middle-Class Record: Bishop". Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. 
  4. ^ "Supporters Rally for National Guard Unit". The New York Times. December 5, 2004. 
  5. ^ "Two States Agree to Limit Dumping in the Sound". The New York Times. May 20, 2005. 
  6. ^ "Majority Leader Hoyer, House Democrats Discuss College Cost Reduction Act". 
  7. ^ "House approves cut in student loan rate". boston.com. January 18, 2007. 
  8. ^ "The 10 Dirtiest Political Races in U.S. History". Reason.com. 
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=389429
  10. ^ . RealClearPolitics http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/house/ny/new_york_1st_district_altschuler_vs_bishop-1167.html. Retrieved 24 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Green, Peter S. "Altschuler Concedes New York House Seat to Democratic Incumbent Bishop". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Rattray, David (19 September 2013). "More Sharing Services Share on print Share on email Share on twitter Share on facebook Committee Will Extend Bishop Probe". Easthampton Star. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Earle, Geoff (August 17, 2012). "Explosive charges vs. LI pol". New York Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  17. ^ a b http://timbishop.house.gov/latest-news/bishop-pushes-final-recognition-of-shinnecock-indian-nation/
  18. ^ http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/candidates/view/tim-bishop--NY-H
  19. ^ http://timbishop.house.gov/latest-news/bishop-applauds-160k-in-funding-for-shinnecock-nation/
  20. ^ http://southampton.patch.com/articles/obama-s-budget-includes-160k-for-shinnecocks

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Felix Grucci
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Rob Bishop
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Marsha Blackburn