Chris Bishop (politician)

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Chris Bishop

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hutt South
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded byTrevor Mallard
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party List
In office
20 September 2014 – 23 September 2017
Personal details
Born (1983-09-04) 4 September 1983 (age 36)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Jenna Raeburn
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington

Christopher Bishop (born 4 September 1983)[1] is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

Early life[edit]

Bishop grew up in Lower Hutt and attended Eastern Hutt School primary, Hutt Intermediate School and Hutt International Boys' School in Upper Hutt.[2]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2014–2017 51st List 49 National
2017–present 52nd Hutt South 40 National

Bishop previously was a summer clerk at Russell McVeagh.[3] He has previously worked as a lobbyist for the tobacco company Philip Morris and as a staffer to Steven Joyce.[4]

He contested the Hutt South electorate at the 2014 election, where he placed second behind incumbent Labour MP Trevor Mallard but entered Parliament as a list MP for the 2014–2017 term. Redistribution of electorate boundaries prior to the election saw Hutt South lose the Labour-leaning suburb of Naenae for the National-leaning western hill suburbs, helping Bishop cut Mallard's majority from 4,825 to 709.[5]

Bishop was part of a cross-party group initiated by Jan Logie to look at and advocate for LGBTI rights. That group consisted of Catherine Delahunty (Green), Chris Bishop (National), David Seymour (Act), Denis O'Rouke (NZ First), Denise Roche (Green), James Shaw (Green), Jan Logie (Green), Kevin Hague (Green), Louisa Wall (Labour), Nanaia Mahuta (Labour), Paul Foster-Bell (National), and Trevor Mallard (Labour).[6]


In February 2018 it was disclosed that Bishop was using the social media platform Snapchat to communicate with his constituents including teenage girls.[7][8]


  1. ^ "About Me". 11 April 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Nats select Bishop". Hutt News. 27 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Christopher Bishop | Faculty of Law | Victoria University of Wellington". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ National picks another tobacco man, 22 May 2014
  5. ^ Cheng, Derek (5 September 2014). "Boundary changes put Mallard in danger". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ Jones, Nicholas (23 May 2015). "MPs' group to focus on LGBTI people's rights". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  7. ^ Steenkamp, Jacques (11 February 2018). "National MP Confronted About his Social Media Messages to Teenagers". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ Cheng, Derek (11 February 2018). "National MP Chris Bishop changed Snapchat settings after learning of concerned parents". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2019.