Chris Gibson

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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, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
Date of birthMay 13, 1964
Place of birthRockville Centre, New York
ProfessionMilitary Officer, Professor
ReligionRoman Catholic
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]


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]


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


Gibson serves on the following committees:[4]


Political positions

Specific Votes



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

Gibson ran 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 faced Julian Schreibman (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8] Gibson was re-elected in November.[9]

The Cook Political Report has rated Gibson's race a tossup.[10]


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).[11]

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


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


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

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.[15]


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.[16]


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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[18]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Chris Gibson voted with the Republican Party 80.7% of the time, which ranked 238th among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[19]

Recent news

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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.[20]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Gibson" Accessed May 15, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "GIBSON, Christopher, (1964 - )"
  3. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  4. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  5. House Committee on Agriculture "Subcommittees"
  6. Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon, Chairman "Subcommittees"
  7. Times Herald-Record "19th Congressional District race growing tighter," April 25, 2012
  8. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  10. Ithaca Journal "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Gibson's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Gibson's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Gibson's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  15. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Chris Gibson 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 21, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Chris Gibson," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18., "Chris Gibson (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  20. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
Succeeded by