Rob Bishop

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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, 2013
Years in position 12
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2003
Next generalNovember 5, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
Date of birthJuly 13, 1951
Place of birthKaysville, UT
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Office website
Campaign website
Robert "Rob" Bishop (b. July 13, 1951) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Utah. Bishop represents the 1st congressional district of Utah and was first elected to the House in 2002.

Bishop won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bishop is a "far-right Republican".[2]


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.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bishop is on the following House committees[3]:

Bishop is on temporary leave from the House Armed Services Committee.


Campaign themes

According to Bishop's website, his campaign themes include:

  • 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."[4]

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. [5]



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.[6]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Morgan E. Bowen (D) Kirk D. Pearson (Constitution), and Jared Paul Stratton (L).[7]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Utah, Congressional District 1, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 69.2% 135,247
     Democratic Morgan E. Bowen 23.9% 46,765
     Constitution Kirk D. Pearson 4.7% 9,143
     Libertarian Jared Paul Stratton 2.2% 4,307
Total Votes 195,462

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rob Bishop's reports.[8]

Rob Bishop Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[9]April 1, 2012$88,508.27$69,330.00$(46,668.63)$111,169.64
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$111,169.64$42,033.00$(72,604.51)$80,598.13
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2012$80,598.13$66,570$(87,117.93)$60,050.20
Running totals


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.[12]


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.[13]

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, Bishop's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,002 to $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Bishop voted with the Republican Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 166 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[15]


Bishop and his wife, Jeralynn, have five children and live in Brigham City.[3]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
James V. Hansen
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, 1st District
Succeeded by