Tim Bishop

Timothy Howard Bishop (born June 1, 1950) is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative for New York's 1st congressional district from 2003 to 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Tim Bishop
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byFelix Grucci
Succeeded byLee Zeldin
Personal details
Timothy Howard Bishop

(1950-06-01) June 1, 1950 (age 70)
Southampton, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kathy Bishop
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
Long Island University

The district includes most of Central and Eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island. The district encompasses wealthy enclaves such as the Hamptons, middle-class suburban towns such as Selden, Centereach and Lake Grove, working-class neighborhoods such as Mastic and Riverhead, and rural farming communities such as Mattituck and Jamesport on the North Fork.

Early life, education and careerEdit

Bishop is a twelfth-generation resident of Southampton, New York, where he was born on June 1, 1950.[1] He is the son of Catherine (Roesel) and Howard Cortland Bishop. He is the great-grandson of Benjamin H. Bishop, a mayor of Southampton, and has English, Irish, and German ancestry.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in History from The College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree in Public Administration from Long Island University. Bishop served as Provost of Southampton College for 16 years, where he began working in 1973 as an admissions counselor.[3]

In his nearly 29 years at LIU's Southampton College, Bishop served in positions touching almost every aspect of college life, from institutional research and planning, financial aid, and enrollment services, to student activities, personnel, community relations, and fund raising. He served as director of financial aid, assistant director of admissions, registrar, director of institutional research and planning, dean for enrollment services, and dean for administrative and student services. In 1986, Bishop was appointed Provost of Southampton College. In this position, Bishop served as the chief executive officer in charge of the day-to-day management of the entire campus. Known as a strong and capable administrator, Congressman Bishop worked effectively with the college's diverse constituencies including students, alumni, staff, faculty, University officers, board members, government officials and community residents.

During his tenure, several academic programs achieved national prominence.[4] Southampton College of Long Island University produced 36 Fulbright Scholars, a remarkable achievement for a small college.[5] As provost, Bishop developed the award-winning Cooperative Education and Freshman Programs, an integral part of the LIU Plan implemented across the University. Bishop negotiated the licensing agreement to power up the University's flagship radio station WPBX-88.3 FM — the only Long Island-based NPR affiliate — to 25,000 Watts. During his tenure, four new graduate programs were added to the curriculum, and a new academic center, Chancellors Hall, was built.[6]

Along with the Southampton College Chancellor, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Bishop developed the most successful single fund-raising event in the college's history, the All for the Sea rock concerts which grossed as much as $1 million annually.[7]

Congressional tenureEdit

Rep. Tim Bishop speaking at a podium

Bishop supported and voted for the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[8]

Bishop also voted for the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (TARP), and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the "stimulus bill"), and for further measures in 2009 and 2010. He also voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011, which provided for further gradual increments in the debt limit.[9]

Bishop participated in the bipartisan coalition of elected officials and community advocates that saved the 106th Air Rescue Wing located at Gabreski Airport from being shut down by the Pentagon's base closure commission.[10][11]

In opposition to a plan that would have dumped more than twenty million cubic yards of contaminated dredge waste in the Long Island Sound, Bishop sponsored legislation to block the plan.[12] In January 2007, he voted for a reduction of interest rates on future federal student loans.[13]

Bishop supported the Shinnecock Indian tribe's successful attempts at gaining formal federal recognition.[14] Bishop supported a $160,000 line-item for the Shinnecock Nation in President Obama's 2013 budget proposal.[15]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

  • National Archives Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Democratic Budget Group, Co-Chair
  • Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
  • Community College Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery
  • Congressional Civility Caucus
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus
  • Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Congressional Sri Lanka Caucus
  • Congressional Wine Caucus
  • House Cancer Caucus
  • House Democratic Caucus
  • House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • House National Service Caucus
  • Sudan Caucus
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
  • United Services Organization (USO) Congressional Caucus

Ethics investigationEdit

In September 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review of an August 2012 incident in which Bishop was accused of soliciting a campaign contribution from hedge fund magnate Eric Semler in exchange for acting in an official capacity to obtain a fireworks permit for Semler's son's bar mitzvah on Long Island.[16][17] Bishop denied the allegations as "outrageous, unfounded attacks on my character and my family".[18] After the incident was picked up by the media, Semler called the allegations a "nonstory".

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the incident.[19] In September 2014, the Justice Department closed its investigation without filing charges.[20]

Political campaignsEdit


In his first political race, Bishop ran as a Democrat against Republican Incumbent Felix J. Grucci, Jr. 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 was defeated by Bishop.[21]


Incumbent Bishop beat Republican candidate William M. Manger, Jr. 56.2%-43.8%


Incumbent Bishop beat Republican candidate Italo Zanzi 62.2%-37.8%


Incumbent Bishop defeated Republican candidate Lee Zeldin 58%-42% and was re-elected.[22]


Bishop narrowly defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a margin of 50.2% to 49.8%[23] after Altschuler conceded the race when trailing by 263 votes.[24]


Bishop again defeated Republican Randy Altschuler by a 52.2%-47.8% margin.[25] Although Bishop received the Independence Party endorsement in most of his previous elections, in 2012 the endorsement went instead to his opponent.[26]


Bishop ran unopposed for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations.[27] He was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, a program designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[27][28] He faced Republican nominee Lee Zeldin in the general election.[29] On November 4, 2014, Bishop lost his re-election bid to Zeldin 55% to 45%.[30]

Post-Congressional careerEdit

After leaving Congress, Bishop joined St. Joseph's College as a distinguished professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service.[31] Among Bishop's many responsibilities at the College he will be afforded the opportunity to continue his lifelong work of providing access to Higher Education to traditional underserved populations.

Bishop is a senior advisor to a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm.[32]

Bishop has accepted positions on the Board of Directors of Social Accountability International[33] and The Sergeant Sullivan Center. Both commitments allow Bishop to continue on two of his top priorities in the Congress — working to ensure workplace protections and services to U.S. veterans, particularly in the area of post deployment health.[34]

On March 20, 2018, Bishop was confirmed by the Suffolk County Legislature to a five-year term on the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA).[35][36]

Personal lifeEdit

Bishop is married to Kathryn, founder and director of The Children's School Early Childhood program at Southampton College, and has two daughters, Molly and Meghan.[37] He is a Roman Catholic.


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  2. ^ "tim bishop". freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
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  4. ^ . Council for Independent Colleges http://www.cicu.org/member-colleges-universities/distinguished-alumni/bishop. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Southampton College Press Release". July 2, 1996. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016.
  6. ^ . LIU Magazine. December 6, 2001 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CIxTanz68wMJ:www.liunet.edu/~/media/Files/LIUMagazine/LIUMag_75thAnniversarySummerFall2001.ashx+&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "A Cool Million on a Hot Night". The East Hampton Star. July 23, 1998.
  8. ^ Bender, Michael (May 15, 2014). "Vulnerable House Democrat Says Obamacare 'Damn Good Idea'". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Tim Bishop - Debt, Deficit, Spending, and the Size of Government". ThePoliticalGuide.com. 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  10. ^ "Air Guard Base Dodges a Bullet: The 106th Rescue Wing will stay at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach - The East Hampton Star". easthamptonstar.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Benson, Josh (December 5, 2004). "Supporters Rally for National Guard Unit". The New York Times.
  12. ^ Depalma, Anthony (May 20, 2005). "Two States Agree to Limit Dumping in the Sound". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "House approves cut in student loan rate". boston.com. January 18, 2007.
  14. ^ "Tim Bishop (D)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  15. ^ "Obama's Budget Includes $160K for Shinnecocks". Southampton Patch. February 15, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  16. ^ Bresnahan, John (August 15, 2012). "Tim Bishop's bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble". Politico. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Rattray, David (September 19, 2013). "Committee Will Extend Bishop Probe". Easthampton Star. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  18. ^ Earle, Geoff (August 17, 2012). "Explosive charges vs. LI pol". New York Post. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  19. ^ Short, Aaron; Miller, S.A. (February 20, 2014). "Politician blasts 'House of Cards' dig on Long Island wine". New York Post. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  20. ^ Brune, Tom (September 10, 2014). "Lawyer: Justice Dept. probe of Bishop closes with no charges; ethics probe still open". Newsday. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  21. ^ "The 10 Dirtiest Political Races in U.S. History". Reason.com.
  22. ^ "Ourcampaigns.com". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  23. ^ "New York 1st District - Altschuler vs. Bishop". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  24. ^ Green, Peter S. "Altschuler Concedes New York House Seat to Democratic Incumbent Bishop". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  25. ^ "New York 2012 Election Results". The New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  26. ^ Gannon, Tim (March 10, 2014). "Independence Party backs Congressman Bishop". Suffolk Times. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  27. ^ a b "New York Primary Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  28. ^ "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members". Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. March 5, 2013. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  29. ^ Livingston, Abby (June 24, 2014). "Charlie Rangel Wins Primary (Video)". Roll Call. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  30. ^ LaRocco, Paul (November 5, 2014). "Lee Zeldin Defeats Tim Bishop, Kathleen Rice Wins Over Bruce Blakeman for Congress". Newsday. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  31. ^ "Former Congressman Tim Bishop Joins St. Joseph's College". Southampton Patch. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ "Social Accountability International - Board of Directors". sa-intl.org. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  34. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  35. ^ Brand, Rick (February 11, 2018). "Bishop appointment to SCWA moves ahead". Newsday. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  36. ^ "Suffolk Legislature Appoints Tim Bishop to SCWA Board, Reappoints Jim Gaughran as Chairman". Suffolk County Water Authority. March 21, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  37. ^ "Biography". House of Representatives. Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Felix Grucci
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2015
Succeeded by
Lee Zeldin