Rob Bishop

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Rob Bishop
Rob Bishop Official (Utah politician).jpg
Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Doc Hastings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by James Hansen
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Stephen Holbrook
Succeeded by Peter Knudson
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 61st district
In office
Preceded by Willis Hansen
Succeeded by Richard Ellertson
Personal details
Born (1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 67)
Kaysville, Utah, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeralynn Hansen
Children 5
Alma mater University of Utah
Religion Mormonism
Website House website

Robert William "Rob" Bishop (born July 13, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and early career

Bishop was born in Kaysville, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. 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.[1] 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.

Early political career

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. After his retirement from the state legislature, Bishop returned to Box Elder High School and taught advanced placement courses while chairing the history department.

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 Representatives


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


As a teacher, he has made education related issues a top priority. He is a strong advocate for increased local control of schools. He opposes No Child Left Behind and supports school vouchers. He was also a co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to guarantee a balanced federal budget.

From 2008–2010 Bishop served as Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, where he advocated for multiple use of public lands and the need for fewer restrictions and mandates that limit use.

In May 2010 Bishop joined with other conservative House members to launch the 10th Amendment Task Force. The Task Force aims to educate Congress and the public about the concept of Federalism.

As a Member of Congress, Bishop has introduced legislation to increase domestic energy production in the United States, such as the 3-D energy bill.[5] Ever a proponent of Multiple use parks over single use parks, he leveraged his position as Chairman of the Subcommittee over National Parks, Forests and Public Lands to stop the Department of Interior from designating areas as new de facto wilderness areas known as Wild Lands.[6]

In February 2011, Bishop introduced an amendment during the debate on a continuing budget resolution for fiscal year 2011 that would have prohibited the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from spending federal funds on the National Landscape Conservation System.[7] After coming under fire for introducing this amendment,[8] Bishop withdrew it before the continuing budget resolution was voted on.

In mid-2011, after touring of the U.S. Mexico border, Bishop led the charge on introducing a border security bill, H.R. 1505 the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. This bill gives the U.S. Border Patrol the authority to override specific environmental laws in order to allow the U.S. Border Patrol greater access to some of the most highly trafficked areas along the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents have cited that their efforts to address rampant criminal activity along the border have been hampered by environmental laws. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee and has not yet been brought before the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.

Similarly Congressman Bishop co-sponsored a bill put forth by House Majority whip Kevin McCarthy to remove regulations from 43 million acres (170,000 km2) of Forest Service Roadless Areas and Wilderness Study Areas to multiple use purposes.

Well known for his fashionable three piece suits, Congressman Bishop became the third best dressed congressmen in 2012 according to an article written in the Washingtonian.[9]

In 2013 Congressman Bishop announced the establishment of the Utah Public Lands Initiative.[10] According to a staff report[11] prepared by the offices of Congressman Rob Bishop, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Congressman Chris Stewart, the Utah Public Lands Initiative is a locally driven initiative to bring resolution to some of the most challenging land disputes in the State of Utah. The initiative is rooted in the believe that conservation and economic development can coexist to make Utah a better place to live, work, and visit.[12]

In February 2014 House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings announced that he will retire at the close of the 113th Congress.[13] Congressman Bishop is rumored to be a top contender for the Chairmanship.[14]


On April 10, 2013, Bishop introduced the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act (H.R. 1459; 113th Congress). 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).[15] At present, the President of the United States can unilaterally declare something a national monument, whereas the United States Congress is required to follow a more rigorous series of procedures to gather input from the public.[16]

In addition to limiting the number of national monument declarations the president could make, the bill would forbid the government from declaring land belonging to a private owner as a national monument without the private owner's consent.[15] 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".[16]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Bishop is the co-founder of the Western State Coalition, a states' rights organization.[citation needed]

Electoral history

Utah's 1st congressional district: Results 2002–2008[18]
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%

Personal life

Bishop is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Peach Queen for Brigham City, Utah, where he and his family currently live.[19] They have five children – four sons and one daughter. All his sons' names can be found in the Book of Mormon.[citation needed]


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  4. Fahys, Judy (5 November 2014). "Replican Bishop Returns to Congress in 1st District". NPR. KUER 90.1. Retrieved 20 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Vitter, Bishop Introduce Bicameral 3D Act". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Bishop Responds to DOI Memo Calling for a Halt on Wild Lands Designations".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Bishop Introduces Amendment to Defund National Landscape Conservation System". 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Groups blast Bishop over 'gutting' landscape conservation". Deseret News. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Burr, Thomas (November 29, 2012). "News roundup: Bishop third-best dressed in Congress". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-12-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Millis, Kristin (May 22, 2013). "Managing Editor". Moab Sun News. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Public Lands Initiative Staff Report" (PDF). Staff Report. Offices of Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, and Chris Stewart. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Blake, Aaron (February 13, 2014). "Author". Washington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Burr, Thomas (March 17, 2014). "Author". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. 15.0 15.1 "H.R. 1459 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 24 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 Johanson, Mark (24 March 2014). "GOP Bill Could Mean 'No More National Parks,' Public Land Advocates Warn". International Business Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Bishop Returns to House Natural Resources Committee". Retrieved 2012-12-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Meet Rob". Rob Bishop for Congress. Retrieved 1 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Hansen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Preceded by
Doc Hastings
Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Wilson
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Marsha Blackburn