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Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 19
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorNan Hayworth (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
Net worth$175,000
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 19th congressional district. Prior to the 2012 general election, he was the incumbent for the 20th district. Due to redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 19th district.

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]

  • 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:[5]


Specific votes

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 one 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.[8]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[9] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[9] Gibson was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[9]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[10]

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.[9] 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.[9] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[9]



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.[11] He was unopposed in the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party primaries and defeated Julian Schreibman (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[12][13]

The Cook Political Report rated Gibson's race a tossup.[14]

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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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).”[16]

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.[17]

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


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.[18]


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.[19]


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 Jan 2011 to Apr 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. [20]

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.[21]

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 2011 was estimated between $100,001 to $250,000. That averages to $175,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[22]


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 was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

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. [24]


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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  6. House Committee on Agriculture "Subcommittees"
  7. Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon, Chairman "Subcommittees"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  10. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  11. Times Herald-Record "19th Congressional District race growing tighter," April 25, 2012
  12. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  13. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  14. Ithaca Journal "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. National Review, "Gibson: Tax Pledge Doesn’t Count Because District Number Changed," November 30, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Chris Gibson" March 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Chris Gibson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Chris Gibson 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 21, 2011
  20. GovTrack, "Chris Gibson" Accessed April 2013
  21. LegiStorm, "Chris Gibson," Accessed October 1, 2012
  22. "Chris Gibson (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  23., "Chris Gibson (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Nan Hayworth
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 19
Succeeded by
Paul Tonko (D)
Preceded by
Scott Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
Succeeded by
Paul Tonko