Tim Bishop

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Tim Bishop
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U.S. House, New York, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorFelix Grucci, Jr. (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$20.88 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,557,180
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHoly Cross College
Master'sLong Island University
Personal
BirthdayJune 1, 1950
Place of birthSouthampton, New York
ProfessionCollege Administrator
Net worth$992,004
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy H. "Tim" Bishop (b. June 1, 1950, in Southampton, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 1st congressional district. Bishop was first elected to the House in 2002 and is currently serving his sixth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Randy Altschuler.[1]

Bishop is set to run for re-election in New York's 1st congressional district on November 4, 2014. Bishop is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

Bishop was the provost of Southampton College before his successful 2002 congressional bid.

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

Biography

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]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bishop serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Bishop served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Bishop listed some of his key campaign themes on his website:[9]

  • "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.[10] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[11]

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

In addition, Rep. Bishop voted for the stimulus bill.[14] 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. [15]

Bishop also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[16] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[17]

Bishop supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[18] 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.[19]

Finally, Bishop voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[20] 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.[21]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted for 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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[23] For more information pertaining to Bishop's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[24]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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.[25]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Bishop voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[25]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted in favor 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.[25]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[26] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[25]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Bishop voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[27] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[28]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Bishop voted against 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.[29] The vote largely followed party lines.[30]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Bishop has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[31]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Bishop voted against 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.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Bishop is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

2012

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

Bishop won the election.[33] Bishop ran for re-election in 2012.[34] 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.[35] He defeated Randy Altschuler on November 6, 2012.[36]

U.S. House, New York District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bishop Incumbent 49.3% 145,198
     Republican Randy Altschuler 44.7% 131,650
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6% 17,730
Total Votes 294,578
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

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 $11,557,180 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[42]

Tim Bishop's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $2,731,218
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $3,066,831
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $1,391,804
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $1,400,902
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $1,990,911
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 1) Won $975,514
Grand Total Raised $11,557,180

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bishop’ reports.[43]

Tim Bishop (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$6,969.47$182,404.34$(43,888.05)$148,485.76
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$145,485.76$284,610.87$(128,908.80)$301,187.83
Running totals
$467,015.21$(172,796.85)

2012

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

Bishop won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $2,731,218 and spent $3,031,036.[46]

Cost per vote

Bishop spent $20.88 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[47]
U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Tim Bishop Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,066,831
Total Spent $3,097,008
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $4,602,691
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $4,593,405
Top contributors to Tim Bishop's campaign committee
Renaissance Technologies$41,850
State University of New York$18,800
Communications Workers of America$15,250
United Transportation Union$15,250
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$192,875
Leadership PACs$161,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$153,165
Transportation Unions$141,250
Education$130,150

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bishop is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 18, 2013.[48]

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.[49]

Bishop most often votes with:

Bishop least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bishop missed 189 of 7,674 roll call votes, from Jan 2003 to Apr 2013, which is 2.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[50]

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 ranked 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.[51]

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 $1,850.00 in bonus money.[52]

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, Bishop's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $652,009 to $1,332,000. That averages to $992,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 22.68% from 2010.[53]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[54]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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 ranked 141st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[55]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bishop tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 115th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]

Voting with party

June 2013

Tim Bishop voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

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.[58]

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See also

External links


References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  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. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Tim Bishop, Representing the 1st District of New York "Committees & Caucuses"
  7. The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Nick J. Rahall II, Ranking Member "Subcommittees"
  8. Committee on Education & the Workforce, Democrats "Committee Members"
  9. Campaign website "Issues"
  10. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  11. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  13. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  15. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  21. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  24. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Bishop's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 2, 2013
  26. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  27. Vote Smart, "Bishop on agriculture", accessed October 2, 2013
  28. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  29. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Bishop's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 2, 2013
  31. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Bishop's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 2, 2013
  32. Project Vote Smart, "Bishop on abortion," accessed October 2, 2013
  33. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  34. Bishop for Congress 2012 campaign site, Accessed January 28, 2012
  35. Politicker "George Demos Withdraws," May 25, 2012
  36. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Bishop" March 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission "Tim Bishop Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission "Tim Bishop April Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission "Tim Bishop July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  46. Open Secrets "Tim Bishop 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  47. Open Secrets "Timothy H. Bishop 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 4, 2011
  48. Gov Track "Bishop" Accessed June 18, 2013.
  49. OpenCongress, "Tim Bishop," Accessed August 6, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Tim Bishop" Accessed April 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Timothy H. Bishop," Accessed October 2, 2012
  52. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  53. OpenSecrets.org "Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  54. OpenSecrets.org, "Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. Congressman Tim Bishop, Representing the 1st District of New York "Biography"
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U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 1
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