Timothy Bishop

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Timothy Bishop ()
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Committees: House Committee on Budget, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Timothy H. Bishop, a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)

(Cash for Clunkers bill; Bill H.R. 3435 ; vote number 2009-H682 on Jul 31, 2009)

Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)

(Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018 ; vote number 2009-H577 on Jul 17, 2009)

Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)

(No Child Left Inside Act; Bill H.R.3036 ; vote number 2008-H614 on Sep 18, 2008) 

Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)

(Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act; Bill HR6003 ; vote number 2008-400 on Jun 11, 2008)

Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)

(Department of Transportation appropriations; Bill HR 5576 Amendment 1008 ; vote number 2006-263 on Jun 13, 2006)

Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)

(Energy and water development appropriations bill; Bill HR 5427 Amendment 919 ; vote number 2006-200 on May 24, 2006) 

Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)

(Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824 ; vote number 2005-506 on Sep 29, 2005) 

Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)

(Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904 ; vote number 2003-656 on Nov 21, 2003) 

Rated 100% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)<span style="font-family: Arial;" />  Promoted conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)

(Great Cats and Rare Canids Act (H.R.1464) 07-H1464 on Mar 9, 2007)

Co-sponsored grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)

Beach Protection Act of 2008 - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (popularly known as the Clean Water Act) to include among eligible grant activities the development and implementation of programs for source tracking, sanitary surveys, and prevention efforts to address the identified sources of beach water pollution. Requires grant recipients to identify:
the use of a rapid testing method;
measures for communication within 24 hours of the results of a water sample concerning pollutants to specified officials with authority to require the prevention or treatment of the sources of beach water pollution;
measures to develop and implement a beach water pollution source identification and tracking program for the coastal recreation waters that are not meeting applicable water quality standards for pathogens; and
a publicly accessible and searchable global information system database with information updated within 24 hours of its availability, organized by beach and with defined standards, sampling plan, monitoring protocols, sampling results, and number and cause of beach closing and advisory days.
Legislative Outcome: Related bills: H.R.2537, S.1506. Senate Reports: 110-414.

(Beach Protection Act (S.2844) 08-S2844 on Apr 10, 2008)

Source: www.ontheissues.org

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Bishop was born June 1, 1950 in Southampton, New York and graduated from The College of the Holy Cross. He served as the long-time Provost of Southampton College.

Congressional career

In his first political race in 2002, Bishop ran against Republican Congressman Felix Grucci. During the campaign, Grucci ran radio ads accusing Bishop of falsifying rape statistics at Southampton College, but his claims were based on articles from a college newspaper that contained numerous inaccuracies. Grucci refused to repudiate the ads, and Bishop won the election by under 3,000 votes.

Bishop's victory was one of only three turnovers of a Republican House seat to the Democrats in the 2002 midterm elections; the other two winners were Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Rodney Alexander of Louisiana (who has since changed his party affiliation to Republican).

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Italo Andres Zanzi to face Bishop in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Bishop retained his seat.

2008 elections

In the 2008 election, Congressman Tim Bishop will be challenged by the endorsed Republican candidate and military veteran Lee Zeldin.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Renaissance Technologies$ 23,650
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte$ 23,350
St George's University$ 20,800
MacAndrews & Forbes$ 17,200
Planned Parenthood$ 16,200
Bank of New York Mellon$ 14,400
State University of New York$ 13,900
Caithness Energy$ 13,498
Estee Lauder Companies$ 13,300
League of Conservation Voters$ 13,025
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Timothy Bishop
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Timothy Bishop. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 306 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3826 Fax: 202-225-3143
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District offices
  • 3680 Route 112, Suite C, Coram, NY 11727
    Ph: 631-696-6500 Fax: (none entered)
  • 33 Flying Point Road, Suite 104A, Southampton, NY 11968
    Ph: 631-259-8450 Fax: (none entered)
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