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
Campaign $$2,411,152
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 included:

  • 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 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.[14]

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

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.[15]

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.[16]

Analysis

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

Personal

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

External links


References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Bishop" Accessed May 24, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Rob Bishop for Congress, "Issues and Solutions," Accessed September 19, 2012
  6. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rob Bishop," Accessed April 2, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Bishop Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Rob Bishop 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  17. GovTrack, "Bishop," Accessed April 11, 2013
  18. LegiStorm, "Rob Bishop," Accessed September 13, 2012
  19. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Bishop (R-Utah), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Rob Bishop (R-Utah), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
James V. Hansen
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, 1st District
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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