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
Succeeded by Lee Zeldin (elect)
Personal details
Born Timothy Howard Bishop
(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 Howard "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.

On November 4th, 2014, he was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican State Senator Lee Zeldin by a 55% to 45% margin.

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 is the son of Catherine (Roesel) and Howard Cortland Bishop. He is the great-grandson of Benjamin H. Bishop, a mayor of Southampton, and has English, Irish, and German ancestry.[2] He received a bachelor's degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree from Long Island University. In 1986, he became Provost of Southampton College, where he began working in 1973 as an admissions counselor.[3]

Congressional tenure[edit]

Rep. Tim Bishop (at podium)

Bishop supported & voted for the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

In opposition to a plan that would have dumped more than twenty million cubic yards of contaminated dredge waste in the Long Island Sound, Bishop sponsored legislation to limit the disposal schedule.[8] In January 2007, he voted for a reduction of interest rates on future federal student loans.[9]

Bishop supported the Shinnecock Indian tribe's successful attempts at gaining formal federal recognition.[10] Bishop supported a $160,000 line-item for the Shinnecock Nation in President Obama's 2013 budget proposal.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships[edit]

  • National Archives Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Democratic Budget Group, Co-Chair
  • Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
  • Community College Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery
  • Congressional Civility Caucus
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus
  • Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Congressional Sri Lanka Caucus
  • Congressional Wine Caucus
  • House Cancer Caucus
  • House Democratic Caucus
  • House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • House National Service Caucus
  • Sudan Caucus
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
  • United Services Organization (USO) Congressional Caucus

Ethics investigation[edit]

In September 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review of an August 2012 incident in which Bishop was accused of soliciting a campaign contribution from hedge fund magnate Eric Semler in exchange for acting in an official capacity to obtain a fireworks permit for Semler's son's bar mitzvah on Long Island.[12][13] Bishop has denied the allegations as "outrageous, unfounded attacks on my character and my family".[14] After the incident was picked up by the media, 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."[15]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the incident.[16] In September 2014, the Justice Department closed its investigation without filing charges.[17]

However, a two-year-old complaint filed by a political opponent against Bishop to The Office of Congressional Ethics, remains under review by the United States House Committee on Ethics. The Office of Congressional Ethics had issued a 177-page report on the situation in September 2013, referring the complaint to the United States House Committee on Ethics.[18]As a result of the ethics investigation, Bishop was named to the annual "Most Corrupt" list published by nonprofit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in both 2012 and 2013.[19][20][21][22]

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.[23]


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.[24]


Bishop narrowly defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a margin of 50.2% to 49.8%[25] after Altschuler conceded the race when trailing by 263 votes.[26]


Bishop again defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a 52.2%-47.8% margin.[27] Although Bishop has received the Independence Party endorsement in most of his elections, in 2012 the endorsement went instead to his opponent.[28]


Bishop ran unopposed for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations.[29] He was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, a program designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[30][31] He faced Republican nominee Lee Zeldin in the general election.[32]

Bishop lost re-election, earning 45% of the vote to Zeldin's 55%.

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.[33]


  1. ^ "Meet Tim". Bishop for Congress 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/bishoptim.htm
  3. ^ "Tim Bishop". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Bender, Michael (15 May 2014). "Vulnerable House Democrat Says Obamacare ’Damn Good Idea’". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tim Bishop - Debt, Deficit, Spending, and the Size of Government". ThePoliticalGuide.com. 2009. Retrieved 5-2-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ http://easthamptonstar.com/Archive/4/Air-Guard-Base-Dodges-Bullet-106th-Rescue-Wing-will-stay-Gabreski-Airport-Westhampton-Beac
  7. ^ Benson, Josh (December 5, 2004). "Supporters Rally for National Guard Unit". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Depalma, Anthony (May 20, 2005). "Two States Agree to Limit Dumping in the Sound". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "House approves cut in student loan rate". boston.com. January 18, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Tim Bishop (D)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Obama's Budget Includes $160K for Shinnecocks". Southampton Patch. 2012-2-15. Retrieved 5 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Rattray, David (19 September 2013). "Committee Will Extend Bishop Probe". Easthampton Star. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Earle, Geoff (August 17, 2012). "Explosive charges vs. LI pol". New York Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Bresnahan, John (15 August 2012). "Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Brune, Tom (2014-09-10). "Lawyer: Justice Dept. probe of Bishop closes with no charges; ethics probe still open". Newsday. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Office of Congressional Ethics, "September 11, 2013 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Tim Bishop", September 11, 2013; retrieved October 1, 2014
  19. ^ Bade, Rachel (2013-09-18). "Watchdog targets Hill's "most corrupt"". Politico. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Cooper, Kent (2013-09-20). "Watchdog Group Lists 2013 Most Corrupt Members of Congress". Roll Call. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Yager, Jordy (2013-09-18). "17 Make CREW's 'Most Corrupt' List". The Hill. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  22. ^ Katz, Celeste (9/12/2012). "NY Congressmen Named to Corruption CREW". NY Daily News. Retrieved 16 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  23. ^ "The 10 Dirtiest Political Races in U.S. History". Reason.com. 
  24. ^ "Ourcampaigns.com". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  25. ^ "New York 1st District - Altschuler vs. Bishop". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  26. ^ Green, Peter S. "Altschuler Concedes New York House Seat to Democratic Incumbent Bishop". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "New York 2012 Election Results". Election 2012. New York Times. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  28. ^ Gannon, Tim (10 March 2014). "Independence Party backs Congressman Bishop". Suffolk Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "New York Primary Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "New York Primary Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members". Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  32. ^ Livingston, Abby (24 June 2014). "Charlie Rangel Wins Primary (Video)". Roll Call. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  33. ^ "Biography". House of Representatives. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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

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