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Rob Bishop
Rob Bishop.jpg
U.S. House, Utah, District 1
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
PredecessorJames V. Hansen (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.30 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2003
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,411,152
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
Date of birthJuly 13, 1951
Place of birthKaysville, UT
Net worth$40,501
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Office website
Campaign website
Robert "Rob" Bishop (b. July 13, 1951, in Kaysville, UT) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Utah. Bishop represents the Utah's 1st Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2002. Bishop won re-election in 2012.[1] He ran for re-election in 2014. On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Bishop as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election.[2]

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Bishop was a member of the Utah House of Representatives.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bishop is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


After earning his bachelor's from the University of Utah, Bishop taught history and government at the high school level for 28 years. He was also a member of the part-time Utah House of Representatives for 25 years.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bishop's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bishop serves on the following committees:[5]


Bishop served on the following House committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Bishop's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" Bishop voted in support 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Bishop 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Bishop 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Bishop 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Bishop voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Bishop voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] Bishop voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" 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.[21] 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. Bishop voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Bishop supported 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Bishop has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Bishop voted for 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.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Bishop voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Campaign themes


Bishop's campaign website lists the following issues:[28]

  • Abortion: "Rob is a passionate pro-life advocate. As a citizen, state legislator and congressman he has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of the unborn. He highly values the sanctity of human life and will continue to fight for this cause."
  • Border Security And Immigration: "We need to secure the borders and better enforce the laws already on the books, and that’s the way Rob votes. He is the lead sponsor of HR 1505, legislation ensuring border security takes priority over environmental land regulations. The bill has drawn national attention and is viewed by many as the first critical step in real immigration reform."
  • Education: "From his 28 years in the classroom, Rob knows firsthand the necessity of a sound educational system. He believes and fights for the rights of parents and local teachers to decide the type of education that best fit the needs of their students."
  • Energy: "Rob believes we can protect our environment while allowing for wise stewardship and multiple uses. Stewardship means respecting and enhancing the land and its natural resources. The prudent development of our natural resources and energy not only adds to our energy independence but also greatly impacts job growth and economic recovery."
  • Federalism – The Founders’ Formula For Freedom: "Rob has basically had one main goal in Washington – to lose power. The solution to so many problems is a return to the Constitutional principle of Federalism and the 10th Amendment – returning power, money and control back to states and to the people."


—Rob Bishop's campaign website,


According to Bishop's website, his campaign themes included:[30]

  • Education: "We are counterproductive when we waste money on one-size-fits-all federal programs that bind the hands of creative teachers and administrators at the local level."
  • Energy: "...development of our natural resources and energy not only adds to our energy independence but also greatly impacts job growth and economic recovery."
  • Economy: "the only solution to the economic crisis we continue to face is hard work, creativity and the free market, not massive government spending on federal programs that only further our nation’s great debt."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rob Bishop endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [31]



See also: Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Bishop ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 1st District.

Convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Bishop as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Bishop received 767 votes, or 80.74 percent, while David Yu-Lin Chiu received 183 votes, or 19.26 percent.[2]


See also: Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Bishop won re-election in 2012. He defeated Leonard Fabiano and Jacqueline Smith in the Republican convention. He defeated two challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32]

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 71.5% 175,487
     Democratic Donna M. McAleer 24.7% 60,611
     Constitution Sherry Phipps 3.8% 9,430
Total Votes 245,528
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bishop is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Bishop raised a total of $2,411,152 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[38]

Rob Bishop's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $353,367
2010 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $278,327
2008 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $309,556
2006 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $363,297
2004 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $437,648
2002 US House (Utah, District 1) Won $668,957
Grand Total Raised $2,411,152


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bishop's reports.[39]


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

Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $353,367 and spent $403,467.[45]

Cost per vote

Bishop spent $2.30 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Bishop's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $278,327 and spent $302,771.[46]


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.[47]

Bishop most often votes with:

Bishop least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bishop is a "far-right Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[48]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bishop missed 555 of 7,668 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 7.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bishop paid his congressional staff a total of $999,614 in 2011. Overall, Utah ranks 17th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[50]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Bishop was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Bishop's staff was given an apparent $350.00 in bonus money.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Bishop's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $16,002 to $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Bishop ranked as the 393rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Rob Bishop Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:102%
Average annual growth:13%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
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.

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. Bishop was 1 of 3 members who ranked 98th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[55]


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. Bishop ranked 153rd in the conservative rankings.[56]

Political positions

Voting with party


Bishop voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 139th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]


Bishop and his wife, Jeralynn, have five children and live in Brigham City.[4]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 St. George News, "Utah GOP Convention chooses returning candidates, runoffs; STGnews photo gallery," accessed April 30, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress, "Bishop," accessed June 26, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 2, 2011
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Bishop's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Vote Smart, "Bishop on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  17. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Bishop's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Bishop's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Bishop on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Vote Bishop, "Issues," accessed March 27, 2014
  29. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  30. Rob Bishop for Congress, "Issues and Solutions," accessed September 19, 2012
  31. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  32., "Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings"
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Rob Bishop," accessed April 2, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Bishop 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention," accessed May 8, 2014
  45. Open Secrets, "Bishop Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Rob Bishop 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  47. OpenCongress, "Rob Bishop," accessed August 6, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "Rob Bishop," accessed June 26, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Bishop," accessed April 11, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Rob Bishop," accessed September 13, 2012
  51. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  52. OpenSecrets, "Bishop, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
James V. Hansen
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, 1st District
Succeeded by