Tim Bishop

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Tim Bishop
Tim Bishop.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 1
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHoly Cross College
Master'sLong Island University
Date of birthJune 1, 1950
Place of birthSouthampton, New York
ProfessionCollege Administrator
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy H. "Tim" Bishop (b. June 1, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Bishop was elected by voters from New York's 1st congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Randy Altschuler on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bishop is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


Bishop was born in Southampton, New York. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1972, and earned an M.A. from Long Island University in 1981.[3]


After earning his AB in history, Bishop went to work for Southampton College, where he still works today.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bishop serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign Themes

Bishop lists some of his key campaign themes on his website:[8]

  • "Deficit Reduction - Congressman Bishop co-chairs the Democratic Budget Group, a weekly meeting of House Democrats to discuss budget and related policy issues with outside experts and government officials.

Congressman Bishop is a member of the "GoBig" Coalition of 100 bipartisan House members who support a plan to reduce the deficit by $3-4 trillion over 10 years with a balanced mix of spending reductions and closing tax loopholes to increase revenue.

  • The Affordable Care Act – Congressman Bishop supported legislation that provides Medicare beneficiaries free preventive care services such as cancer screenings, bone mass measurements, cardiovascular diseases screenings, and diabetes testing. That same legislation also closes the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the “doughnut hole” so that seniors pay less for prescription drugs. In 2011, seniors saved $2.1 billion on prescriptions drugs due to the legislation Congressman Bishop supported.
  • Lowering Gas Prices – Since arriving in Congress, Congressman Bishop has fought hard to lower gas prices on Long Island while reducing our dependency on foreign oil. He has also been a leader in the effort to repeal unaffordable tax breaks for Big Oil and has fought against industrializing the Long Island Sound with the Broadwater LNG facility.
  • GI Bill for the 21st Century – Congressman Bishop is a supporter of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, a bill that provides tuition relief, job training, and related incentives to our returning veterans. Since the passage of this bill in 2008, Congress has provided a framework to reward returning military personnel for their service to our country.
  • Fighting for Patients - Not Insurance Companies - Congressman Bishop supported legislation that finally gives the upper hand to patients rather than to insurance companies and keeps health care decisions where they belong: between doctors and patients. Because of his support, Long Island families will no longer face insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, cancelling coverage because a patient gets sick, or dollar limits on the amount a plan will cover during the year or the patient’s lifetime.
  • Protecting the Environment - Congressman Bishop has long been a leading voice in Congress for environmental protection and wise use of our precious natural resources. With over 300 miles of coastline in New York’s First Congressional District, he understands that a clean environment is vital for eastern Long Island’s economy.
  • Earmarks – Congressman has secured over $450 million dollars in direct federal investment to Long Island, putting people back to work and expanding the economy. For example, these investments have improved public safety by providing law enforcement the tools they need to combat crime, improved access at local hospitals by securing state-of-the-art technology, and protected the livelihoods of fishermen and maritime small businesses by dredging Shinnecock Inlet and Lake Montauk Harbor."

Political positions

Specific Votes

Rep. Bishop voted for TARP.[9] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[10]

Bishop also supported the auto bailout.[11] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[12]

In addition, Rep. Bishop voted for the stimulus bill.[13] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [14]

Bishop also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[15] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[16]

Bishop supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[17] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[18]

Finally, Bishop voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[19] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[20]



See also: New York's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Bishop won the election.[21] Bishop ran for re-election in 2012.[22] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and faced Republican Randy Altschuler in the general election, a rematch of 2010. Bishop was seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in New York's congressional delegation.[23] He defeated Randy Altschuler on November 6, 2012.[24]


On November 2, 2010, Bishop was re-elected to the United States House for a fifth term. He defeated Randy Altschuler (Republican who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[25]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bishop Incumbent 48.7% 98,316
     Republican Randy Altschuler 48.4% 97,723
     Blank/Scattering 3% 5,968
Total Votes 202,007

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 Bishop's reports.

Tim Bishop Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2012$1,118,545.58$261,334.04$(143,865.39)$1,236,014.23
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2012$1,374,132.61$192,981.18$(31,719.18)$1,535,394.61
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2012$1,535,394.61$503,370.29$(1,129,761.85)$909,003.05
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Bishop's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Bishop was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fifth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $3,066,831 and spent $3,097,008.[29]


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 $995,907 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 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.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 $851,005 to $1,715,000. Averaging to a net worth of $1,283,002.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[31]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Tim Bishop voted with the Democratic Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 48th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[32]


Bishop is among the 12th generation of Bishops to live in the village of Southampton. He and his wife Kathryn, founder and director of The Children’s School for early childhood development, have two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and a grandchild, Nathan.[33]

External links


  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. Gov Track "Bishop" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BISHOP, Timothy H., (1950 - )"
  4. Bishop for Congress 2012, First Congressional District, New York "Meet Tim"
  5. Congressman Tim Bishop, Representing the 1st District of New York "Committees & Caucuses"
  6. The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Nick J. Rahall II, Ranking Member "Subcommittees"
  7. Committee on Education & the Workforce, Democrats "Committee Members"
  8. Campaign website "Issues"
  9. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  10. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  12. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  16. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  17. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  18. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  19. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  20. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  21. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  22. Bishop for Congress 2012 campaign site, Accessed January 28, 2012
  23. Politicker "George Demos Withdraws," May 25, 2012
  24. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Bishop's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Bishop's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Bishop's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
  29. Open Secrets "Timothy H. Bishop 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 4, 2011
  30. LegiStorm, "Timothy H. Bishop," Accessed October 2, 2012
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  33. Congressman Tim Bishop, Representing the 1st District of New York "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Felix Grucci
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 1
Succeeded by