Rob Bishop

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Rob Bishop
Rob Bishop.jpg
U.S. House, Utah, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJames V. Hansen (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2003
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives
1979-1994
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
Personal
BirthdayJuly 13, 1951
Place of birthKaysville, UT
ProfessionTeacher
Net worth$40,501
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Websites
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]

Biography

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]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bishop serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Bishop was on the following House committees[3]:

Issues

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."[5]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Rob Bishop endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

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.[8]

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop 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"

2010

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).[9]

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

2012

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.[10]

2010

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.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Utah, 1st District, 2010 - Rob Bishop Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $278,327
Total Spent $302,771
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $11,550
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $11,309
Top contributors to Rob Bishop's campaign committee
Credit Union National Assn$10,000
OrrinPAC$10,000
Es3 Inc$9,400
National Assn of Realtors$8,000
Alliant Techsystems$7,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$24,550
Lobbyists$22,050
Real Estate$15,750
Credit Unions$15,490
Mining$14,500

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. 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.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bishop's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,002 and $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[13]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[15]

2011

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.[16]

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.[17]

Personal

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

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
James V. Hansen
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, 1st District
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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