Schipp was born in Mudgee and named for his father, Joseph William. He attended school at Mudgee, Temora and finally Wagga Wagga before qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1950. He married Rhonda Daisy Lange on 13 November 1954 (they would have two sons), and was also a business proprietor and grazier. In 1973 he joined the Liberal Party, becoming honorary secretary and vice-president of the local branch.
In 1975, the Liberal member for the local state seat of Wagga Wagga, Wal Fife, resigned to contest the corresponding federal seat of Farrer, and Schipp was preselected as the Liberal candidate for the by-election. He was elected easily on Country Party preferences. He was never significantly troubled in his own electorate. In 1988, on the election of the Greiner Coalition Government, he was appointed Minister for Housing. He was moved to Sport, Recreation and Racing in 1992, but was sacked in 1993 by Premier John Fahey. Schipp reacted to his sacking by refusing to attend sessions of Parliament.
Schipp retired in 1999.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Wagga Wagga