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 64)
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 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 of 2009 (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][dead link][7]

Bishop supported the Shinnecock Indian tribe's successful attempts at gaining formal federal recognition.[8] Bishop supported a $160,000 line-item for the Shinnecock Nation in President Obama's 2013 budget proposal.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11]


Bishop narrowly defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a margin of 50.2% to 49.8%[12] after Altschuler conceded the race when trailing by 263 votes.[13]


Bishop again defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a 52.2%-47.8% margin.[14]

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.[15][16] The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also investigated the incident.[17] Bishop denies the allegations.[18][19]

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. ^ Benson, Josh (December 5, 2004). "Supporters Rally for National Guard Unit". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Depalma, Anthony (May 20, 2005). "Two States Agree to Limit Dumping in the Sound". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Majority Leader Hoyer, House Democrats Discuss College Cost Reduction Act". 
  7. ^ "House approves cut in student loan rate". boston.com. January 18, 2007. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Tim Bishop (D)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Obama's Budget Includes $160K for Shinnecocks". Southampton Patch. 2012-2-15. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "The 10 Dirtiest Political Races in U.S. History". Reason.com. 
  11. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=389429
  12. ^ . 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)
  13. ^ Green, Peter S. "Altschuler Concedes New York House Seat to Democratic Incumbent Bishop". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  14. ^ The New York Times http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/states/new-york |url= missing title (help). 
  15. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Short, Aaron; Miller, S.A. (2014-02-20). "Politician blasts ‘House of Cards’ dig on Long Island wine". New York Post. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Earle, Geoff (August 17, 2012). "Explosive charges vs. LI pol". New York Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

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