Chris Gibson

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Chris Gibson
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U.S. House, New York, District 19
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
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
Personal
BirthdayMay 13, 1964
Place of birthRockville Centre, New York
ProfessionMilitary Officer, Professor
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher P. "Chris" Gibson (b. May 13, 1964) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Gibson was elected by voters from New York's 20th congressional district. Due to New York's redistricting, Gibson is running in the newly redrawn 19th district in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gibson is a "centrist Republican".[1]

Biography

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.[2]

Career

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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Gibson serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Political positions

Specific Votes

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 19th congressional district elections, 2012

Gibson is running for re-election in 2012. Following New York's redistricting, Gibson is running in the newly redrawn 19th district.[7] He was unopposed in the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party primaries and will face Julian Schreibman (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8]

The Cook Political Report has rated Gibson's race a tossup.[9]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Gibson was elected to the United States House. He also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. He defeated Scott Murphy (D).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 20 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Gibson 53.2% 130,178
     Democratic Scott Murphy 43.7% 107,075
     Blank/Scattering 3.1% 7,515
Total Votes 244,768

Polls

Chris Gibson vs Julian Schreibman
Poll Gibson SchreibmanUndecided/Not VotingMargin of Error
Siena College (October 30,2012)
48%43%9%+/-3.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

2012

Chris Gibson Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2012$702,022.21$211,778.31$(12,106.25)$901,694.27
July Quarterly[12]July 11, 2012$1,018,715.27$195,549.36$(22,714.79)$1,191,549.84
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$1,191,549.84$388,947.27$(803,757.03)$776,740.08
Running totals
$796,274.94$(838,578.07)

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman outraised Republican incumbent Chris Gibson in the third quarter. Schreibman raised $537,000 to Gibson's $388,000.[14]

2010

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.[15]
U.S. House, New York, 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
Retired$133,757
General Contractors$120,799
Securities & Investment$115,632
Leadership PACs$103,000
Building Materials & Equipment$59,000

Analysis

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 ranks 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gibson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $100,001 to $250,000. Averaging to a net worth of $175,000.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Chris Gibson has voted with the Republican Party 80.7% of the time, which ranked 238th among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[18]

Recent news

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Personal

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.[19]

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
2011–Present
Succeeded by
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