|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Felix Grucci|
June 1, 1950 |
Southampton, New York
|Residence||Southampton, New York|
|Alma mater||College of the Holy Cross (AB)
Long Island University (MA)
|Occupation||College Administrator, Politician|
|Website||U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop|
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. The distinctive role in local Democratic politics of celebrities who reside in the district is reflected in the fact that Bishop's contributors have included Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Mel Brooks, Liz Claiborne, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and Anna Wintour.
Early life, education and career
Bishop is a twelfth-generation resident of Southampton, New York, where he was born on June 1, 1950. 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.
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.
He has received a rating of 88% from the HRC, indicating his support for LGBT Equality.
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. 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. He has supported the Democratic Party's efforts to increase college affordability.
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Congressional Arts Caucus
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.
Incumbent Tim Bishop beat Republican candidate Bill Manger 56.2%-43.8%
Incumbent Tim Bishop beat Republican candidate Italo Zanzi 62.2%-37.8%
Bishop defeated Republican candidate Lee Zeldin, and was re-elected.
Bishop defeated Republican Randy Altschuler.
Bishop again defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a 52.2%-47.8% margin.
In August 2012 it was alleged that Bishop solicited a campaign contribution from hedge fund magnate Eric Semler in return for assistance obtaining some environmental permits. Bishop denied the allegations as "outrageous, unfounded attacks on my character and my family". Semler called the allegations a "nonstory" and said that, "Tim never said anything to me about a donation. I didn’t know he was running for re-election. After the fact, after I got the permit, I did receive a request for a donation. He didn’t tell me, one of his campaign people told me, that he was in a hot race and needed a lot of support. I would love to support a guy like that. There was never a discussion of a contribution while he was trying to help me. He never asked me for money. It was someone with his campaign."
Relationship with Shinnecock First Nation
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. 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 .
This specific federal recognition grants the tribe the opportunity to develop a casino on their land.
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". 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".
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.
- "Candidate Donor Roll Search: Timothy H. Bishop (D)". Newsmeat.
- "Meet Tim". Bishop for Congress 2012.
- "Tim Bishop - Debt, Deficit, Spending, and the Size of Government". ThePoliticalGuide.com. 2009. Retrieved 5-2-2012.
- "Congress at the Midterm: Their 2005 Middle-Class Record: Bishop". Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
- "Supporters Rally for National Guard Unit". The New York Times. December 5, 2004.
- "Two States Agree to Limit Dumping in the Sound". The New York Times. May 20, 2005.
- "Majority Leader Hoyer, House Democrats Discuss College Cost Reduction Act".
- "House approves cut in student loan rate". boston.com. January 18, 2007.
- "The 10 Dirtiest Political Races in U.S. History". Reason.com.
- Earle, Geoff (August 17, 2012). "Explosive charges vs. LI pol". New York Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- Congressman Tim Bishop official U.S. House site
- Bishop for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Profile at SourceWatch
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district
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