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Chris Gibson
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U.S. House, New York, District 19
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorNan Hayworth (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$14.39 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,942,923
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSiena College
Master'sCornell University
Ph.D.Cornell University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1986-2010
Service branchUnited States Army National Guard
Years of service1981-1986
BirthdayMay 13, 1964
Place of birthRockville Centre, New York
ProfessionMilitary Officer, Professor
Net worth$175,000.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher P. "Chris" Gibson (b. May 13, 1964, in Rockville Centre, NY) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 19th Congressional District. Gibson was first elected to the House in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012, Gibson had previously served the 20th District.

Gibson is a 2014 Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of New York.[1] Gibson ran unopposed for all three nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]

He is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

Prior to his congressional career, Gibson served as a Colonel in the United States Army National Gaurd.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gibson is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Gibson was born in Rockville Centre, New York. He earned a B.A. from Siena College in 1986 and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1995 and 1998 respectively.[4]


Gibson served in the United States Army National Guard throughout university, joining as an officer after earning his B.A. in 1986. Over the course of his 24 year Army career, Gibson rose to the rank of colonel and was deployed 7 times; including 4 combat tours to Iraq, and separate deployments to Kosovo, the Southwestern US for a counter-drug operation, and to Haiti where he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) during the opening month of that humanitarian relief operation.

Other key assignments included tours teaching American Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving as a Congressional Fellow with US Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA), and completing a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Gibson serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities


Gibson served on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Gibson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security


Voted "No" Gibson voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Gibson voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Gibson voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Gibson voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "No" In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[14] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[14] Gibson was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[14]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[15]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[14] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[14] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Gibson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Gibson voted for HR 2775.[20]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Gibson voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Gibson has voted supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[23]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Gibson supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Political positions

In 2010, as a representative of the 20th District, Gibson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising not to vote for any tax increases. Due to redistricting, when Gibson won re-election in 2012, it was as a representative of the 19th District. When asked if Gibson intended to honor the pledge he had signed in 2010, a representative form Gibson's office responded, "Congressman Gibson doesn’t plan to re-sign it for the 19th Congressional District, which he now represents (the pledge is to your constituents of a numbered district).”[25]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Gibson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Chris Gibson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Gibson is a Moderate Conservative. Gibson received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 72 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]



See also: New York's 19th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gibson is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 19th District. Gibson ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Gibson is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[29]


See also: New York's 19th Congressional District elections, 2012

Gibson won re-election in 2012. Following New York's redistricting, Gibson ran in the newly redrawn 19th District.[30] He was unopposed in the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party primaries and defeated Julian Schreibman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

The Cook Political Report rated Gibson's race a tossup.[33]

General election

U.S. House, New York District 19 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Gibson Incumbent 49% 149,736
     Democratic Julian Schreibman 43.7% 133,567
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 7.4% 22,579
Total Votes 305,882
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history



Chris Gibson vs Julian Schreibman
Poll Gibson SchreibmanUndecided/Not VotingMargin of Error
Siena College (October 30,2012)
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Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gibson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gibson raised a total of $3,942,923 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[35]

Chris Gibson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 19) Won $2,177,704
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 20) Won $1,765,219
Grand Total Raised $3,942,923

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gibson’s reports.[36]

Chris Gibson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$15,015.92$134,856.3$(12,189.54)$137,682.68
July Quarterly[38]July 14, 2013$137,682.68$318,038.01$(24,734.12)$430,986.57
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$430,986.57$260,126.41$(38,548.57)$652,564.41
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$652,564$263,733$(58,555)$863,338
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$863,338.58$459,216.43$(88,717.77)$1,233,837.24
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Gibson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gibson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gibson's campaign committee raised a total of $2,177,577 and spent $2,153,561.[42]

Cost per vote

Gibson spent $14.39 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Gibson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Gibson was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,765,219 and spent $1,734,219.[43]
U.S. House, New York District 20, 2010 - Chris Gibson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,765,219
Total Spent $1,734,219
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $5,366,128
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $5,321,745
Top contributors to Chris Gibson's campaign committee
DA Collins Companies$30,000
Lancaster Development$24,000
Elliott Management$23,236
Suit-Kote Corp$19,200
BCI Construction$12,450
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
General Contractors$120,799
Securities & Investment$115,632
Leadership PACs$103,000
Building Materials & Equipment$59,000

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Gibson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $100,001 and $250,000. That averages to $175,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Gibson ranked as the 356th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2009 and 2012, Gibson's calculated net worth[45] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Chris Gibson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-2%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gibson is a "centrist Republican," as of June 21, 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Gibson most often votes with:

Gibson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Gibson missed 10 of 1,708 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013, which is 0.6% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gibson paid his congressional staff a total of $960,983 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gibson tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 174th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House. He is one of 12 Republicans who scored higher on the liberal ranking than they did on the conservative one. [53]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gibson ranked 201st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[54]

Voting with party

June 2013

Chris Gibson voted with the Republican Party 81.6 percent of the time, which ranked 231st among the 234 House Republican members as of June, 2013.


Gibson has been married to Mary Jo, a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for over 14 years and they have three children: Katie, Maggie, and Connor. Their home is in Kinderhook where Gibson is active in several civic organizations including the American Legion, VFW, NRA, the Knights of Columbus and St. John’s Church of Valatie.[55]

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See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nan Hayworth
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Scott Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
Succeeded by
Paul Tonko