Rob Bishop

Robert William Bishop (born July 13, 1951) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district since 2003. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the dean of Utah's congressional delegation since the retirement of Orrin Hatch from the U.S. Senate in 2019.

Rob Bishop
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Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRaúl Grijalva
Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byDoc Hastings
Succeeded byRaúl Grijalva
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded byJames V. Hansen
Chair of the Utah Republican Party
In office
May 10, 1997 – August 25, 2001
Preceded byFrank Suitter[1]
Succeeded byJoe Cannon[2]
Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byCraig Moody[3]
Succeeded byMelvin R. Brown[4]
Member of the
Utah House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byWillis Hansen (61st)
Stephen Holbrook (2nd)
Succeeded byRichard Ellertson (61st)
Peter C. Knudson (2nd)
Constituency61st (1978–1982)
2nd (1982–1994)
Personal details
Robert William Bishop

(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 69)
Kaysville, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jeralynn Hansen
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Prior to his congressional tenure, Bishop was a Utah State Representative (1978–1994), including two final years as Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, as well as Chair of the Utah Republican Party (1997–2001). He was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Utah as Thomas Wright's running mate in the 2020 election.

Early life, educationEdit

Bishop was born in Kaysville, Utah and graduated from Davis High School.[5] He served as a Mormon missionary in Germany from 1970 until 1972. Bishop received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1974.


He taught civics classes at Brigham City's Box Elder High School from 1974 to 1980; he next taught German in Ogden, Utah at Ben Lomond High School; then he returned to teaching government and history classes at Box Elder High School until his retirement from teaching in 2002.[6] While a teacher at Box Elder, Bishop partnered with the Close Up Foundation to help students participate in Close Up's Washington, D.C. based civic education programs. He remains actively involved in the program and works to ensure that Utah students have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C.

Utah politicsEdit

Bishop was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1978 to 1994. He was House Majority Leader and later served as Speaker of the House from 1992 until 1994.

In 1997, he was elected chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and served for two terms in this position. He has also worked as a legislative lobbyist in Washington.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

In 2002, Bishop returned to politics when he ran for the Republican nomination in the 1st District. 22-year incumbent Jim Hansen had recently announced his retirement. At the state Republican convention, he finished first in the seven-candidate field and went on to face State Representative Kevin Garn in a primary.[7] He defeated Garn in that primary with 59.8 percent of the vote, all but assuring him of being the next congressman from this heavily Republican district.[8] As expected, he won the general election with 61% of the vote. He has won re-election in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 with even larger margins. In 2014, he was reelected with 64% of the vote.[9]

In the 2016 election cycle, 92.6% of contributions to Bishop's political campaign came from outside Utah, the highest out-of-state percentage of any member of the House, with much of the contributions coming from the energy and agribusiness sectors, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.[10][11]

Voting RecordEdit

  • July 18th, 2006: Bishop votes for a resolution towards creating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.[12]
  • December 6th, 2006: Rep. Bishop votes for the "Abortion Pain Bill”, which would create a ban on abortion at 20 weeks.[13]
  • July 31st, 2007: Rob Bishop votes against the Equal Pay Bill.[14]
  • November 7th, 2007: Rob Bishop votes against ENDA, allowing the continued discrimination of LGBTQ citizens based on their sexual identity in the workplace.[15]
  • January 9th, 2009: Bishop votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.[16]
  • April 29th, 2009: Rob Bishop votes against the Hate Crimes Expansion that would provide protections to LGBTQ citizens.[17]
  • June 30th, 2010: After Wall Street bankers taking unnecessary risks nearly imploded the global economy in 2007, legislation finally comes forward to prevent the same behaviors from being permitted in the future. The signature piece of legislation to prevent another financial meltdown was Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, which Rob Bishop voted against.[18]
  • July 30th, 2010: Months after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a bill comes to the floor to better regulate off-shore drilling. Bishop votes against it.[19]
  • December 8th, 2010: Rep. Bishop votes against the DREAM Act.[20]
  • December 15th, 2010: Bishop votes against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.[21]
  • On January 5th, 2011, Rep. Bishop votes the first attempt by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[22]
  • On February 18th, 2011, Rob Bishop votes to de-fund Planned Parenthood.[23]
  • March 17th, 2011: Rep. Bishop votes to cut funding to National Public Radio.[24]
  • September 15th, 2012: Rep. Bishop votes for the “No More Solyndras Act”.[25]
  • September 21st, 2012: Bishop votes for the “Stop the War on Coal Act”.[26]
  • January 15th, 2013: Rob Bishop votes against Disaster Relief Funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy.[27]
  • February 28th, 2013: Bishop votes against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[28]
  • June 19th, 2013: Rob Bishop votes against restoring $20.5 billion towards the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.[29]
  • September 30th, 2013: Rep. Bishop votes for the 2013 Government Shutdown.[30]When the vote came up seventeen days later to re-open the government, Bishop voted to keep it closed.
  • Feb 26th, 2014: Rob Bishop goes “all in” on the faux-scandal surrounding the IRS researching SuperPACs by voting for the “Stop the Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act”.[31]
  • July 10th, 2014: Bishop votes for House Amendment 1040, to prevent the implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 Treaty, recommended climate change guidelines.[32]
  • January 22nd, 2015: Rob Bishop votes for HR 7, an anti-abortion bill containing language that tries to define the conditions for what “rape” is.[33]
  • February 3rd, 2015: Rep. Bishop votes for the 60th Republican attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act.[34]
  • March 3rd, 2015: Bishop votes against funding the Department of Homeland Security as part of a Republican protest of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.[35]
  • September 11th, 2015: Bishop votes against the United States’ nuclear treaty with Iran.[36]
  • September 18th, 2015: Rep. Bishop votes for a bill with most House Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood,[37] based on highly edited “sting” videos submitted by a Pro-Life advocacy group that have been repeatedly debunked by investigators.[38]
  • November 19th, 2015: Bishop votes for the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act,[39] reacting to the terror attacks in Paris by jihadists from France and Belgium by trying to create greater restrictions to keep out Syrian refugees, of whom exactly zero were involved in those attacks.[40]
  • February 2nd, 2016: Rob Bishop votes for HR 3762, the 61st attempt by Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[41]
  • February 16th, 2017: Bishop votes for HJR 69, to make it legal for hunters on wildlife reserves to kill several species of hibernating bears or wolves while they’re sleeping.[42]
  • March 16th, 2017: Rob Bishop votes for HR 1181, which would allow veterans deemed mentally incompetent to continue to own firearms, and not have them taken away without a judge’s written order.[43]
  • May 4th, 2017: Bishop votes for the GOP’s healthcare plan, that would give $50,000 in tax breaks, would eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions, and would treat pregnancy, post-partum depression, and sexual assault as “pre-existing conditions”. A provision in the bill would make sure that Bishop would be allowed to keep his healthcare plan as it exists under the ACA, which would be repealed for the rest of the country.[44] He and his Republican compatriots threw themselves a beer bash to celebrate taking away healthcare from millions and then gloated about it with Donald Trump at a White House press conference.[45]
  • June 8th, 2017: Rob Bishop votes for HR 10, the GOP’s attempt to repeal Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[46]
  • October 3rd, 2017: Bishop votes for HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, that would try to create a ban on abortion at 20 weeks.[47]
  • December 19th, 2017: Rob Bishop votes for HR 1, the GOP’s $1.7 trillion tax cut to benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The bill removes the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and kicks 13 million people off their health insurance.[48]
  • February 18th, 2018: Rep. Bishop and his fellow Republicans decide that businesses are suffering at the hands of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and vote for HR 620, which would strip most of the civil rights protections guaranteed by it.[49]
  • January 23rd, 2019: Rep. Bishop voted against HR 648, a bill that would re-open the government.[50]
  • February 28th, 2019: Bishop votes against HR 1112, a bill which would have required universal background checks on all firearm purchases, and close the gun show loophole.[51]
  • March 14th, 2019: Rep. Bishop votes against HJR 46, which members of Congress voted for to reject Donald Trump’s “national emergency” regarding the U.S. border and his attempts to reallocate funds for a border wall without Congressional approval.[52]
  • April 4th, 2019: Rob Bishop is one of 158 Republicans who choose to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[53] They reason that the 2nd Amendment is more important than preventing people with a history of domestic abuse from owning a firearm.
  • May 17th, 2019: Bishop votes against The Equality Act, which would have prevented discrimination towards Americans based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.[54]
  • June 4th, 2019: Rep. Bishop votes against the Dreamers Act.[55]
  • July 16th, 2019: Rob Bishop votes against a resolution to condemn Donald Trump for his racist statements that four people of color in Congress should “go back where they came from”.[56]
  • December 18, 2019: Rep Bishop voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump.

Political positionsEdit


In 2010 Bishop introduced to the House an amendment to the United States Constitution, known as the "repeal amendment," which would allow a majority vote of the states to overturn any act of the United States Congress.[57]

Land use and the environmentEdit

Bishop supports repeal of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, saying it has been "hijacked" to control land and block economic development, and that he "would love to invalidate" the law.[58][59] Bishop is among those most critical of the Antiquities Act.[10] Bishop opposed the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument and supports repealing or shrinking the designation.[10][60] Bishop supports transferring federal public lands to the states.[61] Despite this, Bishop sponsored a successful amendment to the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act to create the Cedar Mountain Wilderness, specifically to block transportation access to the Private Fuel Storage nuclear storage facility on Goshute's Skull Valley Indian Reservation land in Tooele County.[62][63]

In February 2011, Bishop introduced a budget amendment[64] that would have defunded the National Landscape Conservation System, which manages 27 million acres of Bureau of Land Management land, including the National Monument, National Conservation Area, National Wilderness Preservation, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic Trail, National Historic Trail systems and other systems. After coming under fire for introducing this amendment,[65] Bishop withdrew it.

On April 10, 2013, Bishop introduced the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act. The bill would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 to subject national monument declarations by the President to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).[66] At present, the President of the United States can unilaterally designate areas of federally-owned land as a national monument, whereas national parks and other areas are required to be enacted into law by the United States Congress.[67] Bishop argued that "the American people deserve the opportunity to participate in land-use decisions regardless of whether they are made in Congress or by the President". He claims his new bill would ensure "that new national monuments are created openly with consideration of public input".[67]

In March 2019, Bishop said that "the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide".[68] Asked to elaborate how this was similar to genocide, Bishop answered, "I’m an ethnic. I’m a westerner."[69] Asked whether he believed that the Green New Deal would kill him, Bishop said, "If you actually implement everything they want to. Killing would be positive if you implement everything the Green New Deal actually wants to. That’s why the Green New Deal is not ready for prime time."[69]

Utah GOP Closed PrimaryEdit

Bishop was chairman of the Utah Republican Party when the decision was made to close primaries to nonparty members in the late 1990s. The Utah Democratic party holds open primaries. When asked about Democrats changing their party affiliation to vote in the 2020 Republican primary, he replied "“instead of piddling around with the Republican primary. Doing it this way ... the best you can call it is dishonorable. It really is a slimy way of doing things.” He said the only reason Democrats are attempting to “pervert the process” is to help advance a candidate. “That’s inherently wrong,” Bishop said.[70] In a recent editorial, Bishop restated his view: "A leading Democrat wants to create havoc in the system. For what aim? Maybe to elect the “correct” candidates? Maybe to help Democrats have a bigger voice in the elections?"[71] Primary elections or often just primaries, are the process by which voters can indicate their preference for their party's candidate. Utah, a GOP controlled state, last elected a democratic Governor in 1977.

Accepted Campaign DonationsEdit

Over his career as a State Representative, Rob Bishop's accepted campaign donations from the following industries:[72]

Industry Total
Oil & Gas $501,254
Lobbyists $234,297
Lawyers/Law Firms $222,600
Casinos/Gambling $221,900
Real Estate $215,800

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Utah's 1st congressional district: Results 2002–2008[78]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 Dave Thomas 66,104 37% Rob Bishop 109,265 61% Craig Axford Green 4,027 2% *
2004 Steven Thompson 85,630 29% Rob Bishop 199,615 68% Charles Johnston Constitution 4,510 2% Richard W. Soderberg Personal Choice 4,206 1%
2006 Steven Olsen 57,922 32% Rob Bishop 112,546 63% Mark Hudson Constitution 5,539 3% Lynn Badler Libertarian 2,467 1%
2008 Morgan Bowen 87,139 30.4% Rob Bishop 186,031 65.0% Kirk D. Pearson Constitution 6,861 2.4% Joseph G. Buchman Libertarian 6,287 2.2%

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidacyEdit

Bishop announced in July 2019 that he would not seek reelection to the House in 2020.[79] He mentioned the same year that he was considering running for governor, but considered himself a "horrible" candidate.[80]

He joined Thomas Wright's ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2020 Utah gubernatorial election but later lost the primary.[81][82]

Personal lifeEdit

Bishop is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Peach Queen for Brigham City, Utah. He and his family reside in Brigham City.[83] The Bishops have four sons and one daughter.

Well known for his three-piece suits, Bishop was named the third-best-dressed congressmen in 2012 according to the Washingtonian.[84]


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