Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


House Armed Services Committee Passes NDAA


The House Armed Services Committee passed H.R. 4909, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, by a vote of 60-2. After more than 16 hours of deliberation, the committee voted at about 2:30 AM Thursday the 28th of April. Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) is a senior member of the Committee and voted in favor of the annual bill. Following the vote, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:

“In this year’s annual vote, I have stood with my fellow members of the Armed Services Committee and voted to pass the NDAA. As Members of the US Congress, we have sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. Funding the military is one of the ways Congress is able to fulfill its duty to provide for the common defense." 

Rep. Bishop presented numerous amendments during the deliberations. All of his proposals received a favorable vote by the committee and will be included in the bill as it heads to the House floor for further consideration. Rep. Bishop stated the following after the successful passage of his proposed amendments: 

“As a fan of baseball, I can say it feels good to be batting 1000. My amendments will create more jobs in Northern Utah. I’m happy we’re are one step closer to granting greater flexibility and capability to the servicemen and women who sharpen their skills at the Utah Test and Training Range. It is also great to see progress towards granting the military the ability to manage training lands, and not be beholden to the BLM to drain their time and resources with meaningless reviews and bureaucratic hurdles.”    

Rep. Bishop led an effort to include language regarding the Greater Sage Grouse in this year’s NDAA. The section would give states priority and allow state plans to address the issue of Sage Grouse populations, while sparing the military from interference by the President’s administration. An amendment to strike this language from the NDAA was defeated by a vote of the full committee.  Read More

Chairman Bishop Reiterates Opposition to Puerto Rico Bailout


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) is the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and has released discussion draft legislation on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Recently a Virginia-based special interest group has been airing radio ads making claims against the Chairman. Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:
“The claims in the ads are false. The purpose of the bill is to create a board to help fix the financial house in Puerto Rico without harming taxpayers. There will be no bailout, no bankruptcy, no super chapter 9! These issues were eliminated before we started working on a draft, therefore any reference to them now is a scare tactic. The House will never vote on a bill that sends taxpayer money to Puerto Rico to cover its debts. Puerto Rico is not a state and any program dealing with it, or any territory, will not impact, nor set precedents for, states or municipalities. At the end of the day, we will have a good bill that helps Puerto Rico and protects all taxpayers.”
NOTE: The House Committee on Natural Resources has legislative jurisdiction over all matters regarding insular areas of the United States. This includes legislation relating to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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Reps. Bishop & Chaffetz release Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) Discussion Draft


SALT LAKE CITY – In a press conference held in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol, Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) released a discussion draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act. Utah Governor Gary Herbert participated in the January 20th event. Reps. Bishop and Chaffetz also announced the website where the public and media may access the PLI discussion draft, maps, and a section-by-section description of the potential legislation. Senator Mike Lee will sponsor the companion legislation in the Senate.
Rep. Rob Bishop offered the following statement: “The release of this draft represents the culmination of years of our effort to listen to people. This is a discussion draft, which provides another opportunity for positive ideas. Our goal has always stayed constant. We will conserve areas worthy of conservation. We will guarantee outdoor recreation for all Utahns. We will enhance economic development to fund Utah schools and create good jobs. We will provide certainty by ending the litigation and mindless debates. That certainty will allow everyone to plan for the future without outside groups imposing their misguided will.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz said, “PLI will enhance local land management and provide immediate certainty to eastern Utah communities.  This locally driven process has allowed stakeholders to come to the table, engage in conversations, and offer solutions that make the land management system work better for eastern Utah. We've crafted a needed balance between conservation and economic development and I look forward to moving this bill forward.”
Governor Gary Herbert issued the following statement: “There is no doubt Utah stands to gain directly and immediately under the Public Land Initiative,” Gov. Herbert said. “I am supportive of this inclusive, bottom-up approach that moves us in the right direction. While the initiative is not perfect, as no true compromise is, it finds a way to give the state greater control over the use of Utah lands.”
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Rep. Bishop Votes to Repeal Obamacare


Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) voted in favor of HR 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. Following the vote, Rep. Bishop released the following statement:

“I voted against the original Obamacare bill because it was bad policy. I argued for free market alternatives that were available at the time, but then-speaker Pelosi refused to allow them to be discussed. I’ve cast over 50 votes to change, modify, or repeal Obamacare. Our vote today is the best effort to force the president, if he vetoes it, to at least recognize that the so-called Affordable Care Act is unaffordable and ineffective. As a member of congress, forced to enroll in Obamacare, my first-hand experience validates that assessment.”

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Rep. Bishop Responds to Executive Actions on Gun Ownership


WASHINGTON – Rep. Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after President Obama’s announcement of various executive actions on gun control: 
“The President is out of touch. He is exploiting tragedy for political gain. His proposals would not have prevented the recent tragedies our nation has endured. His requirements will not make the country safer. Criminals, not the countless citizens who obey the law, should be punished for their crimes. Enforcement of our current laws is how we keep guns out of the hands of bad guys, and until this administration faces reality, no amount of pageantry will protect us.”   
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Rep. Bishop Votes YES on Funding Bill


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after the House passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY2016: 

“This bill signals the end of the era of defense cuts. For too long, the Obama administration has weakened the US military by withholding the necessary funding to properly defend the nation. This bill is good for troops, their families, and the civilian workers who support them. The agreement finally starts the process of rebuilding the military. 

Rep. Bishop added:

“While this does contain much good, it also has shortcomings. House leadership has acknowledged these issues and they are particularly aware of the impacts on western priorities.  I am confident that in the coming months, those shortcomings will be addressed and made right. The problem with the bill is what it could have been and what it should have been. Western issues that improve our lives should NOT be held hostage by Democrats in the House and Senate. These issues were eliminated with the threat of a government shutdown for political reasons.” 
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Rep. Bishop Votes to Protect Americans from Tax Hikes


WASHINGTON --  Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) voted in favor of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. The bill makes a number of tax provisions permanent and grants predictability, clarity, and certainty to individuals, families, and job creators. Rep. Bishop offered the following statement after the vote:

“This bill reins in the overreaching IRS, and allows the American tax-payer more peace of mind. People can now plan for their futures because of the certainty this tax plan provides. This legislation also represents a victory against the Obamacare Medical Device Tax. This tax was wrong from the beginning. It hurts those who are most in need of our help. Without relief from this tax, Utah jobs would be lost. This fair and simple tax code will create jobs, unchain small businesses, and lead to more money in the pockets of families.”
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Hatch, Lee, Bishop, & Chaffetz Issue Joint Statement on Proposal from The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition


In light of the announcement of a proposal by The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, members of Utah’s federal delegation are reiterating their commitment to collaboration as public lands legislation is being crafted. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following joint statement:

"The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is an important stakeholder in the Public Lands Initiative.  The Coalition represents many Native American voices that have an interest in how lands in San Juan County are managed.  While many Native Americans who live in Utah oppose the Coalition's proposal, we welcome the input and recommendations nonetheless.  Our offices have now received over 65 detailed proposals from various stakeholder groups regarding land management in eastern Utah. We remain committed to reviewing each proposal and producing a final PLI bill that is balanced and broadly supported."  
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Rep. Bishop Attends Unveiling of F-35 at Hill Air Force Base


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) welcomed the formal commencement of F-35 operations at Hill Air Force Base. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Bishop has played a crucial role in bringing this 5th generation combat aircraft to Utah. Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:

 “The F-35 is critical to our national defense. The placement of the first operational F-35 squadrons for the Air Force at Hill is a major statement on the value of the base, and the amazing community that surrounds it. Not only will this create more jobs in the area, but those jobs will be more secure. The F-35 brings the next generations of American combat airpower to Hill and guarantees that our base and its mission are here to stay.”  

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Rep. Bishop Responds to Resignation of Speaker Boehner


WASHINGTON – Today Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) made the following statement following the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will resign at the end of October.

“Speaker Boehner has always been an honest person who is extremely helpful on western issues. Unlike some former Speakers, he honored the House and allowed it to do its will, even if he lost on an issue. In sharp contrast to his predecessor, he allowed more votes and opened up more debate. He respected the institution enough to lose a vote on the floor. I have to respect this approach to the speakership.”

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"Nobody in the Utah delegation in the Senate or the House supports it."

2016-03-02 17:45:44

Rep. Bishop Asks White House Official About a National Monument

2016-02-25 15:42:38

Rep. Bishop Responds to Executive Actions on Gun Ownership

2016-01-06 17:24:40

Federal Lands Action Group

2015-07-28 21:44:35

Rep. Rob Bishop's Sage Grouse Amendment Survives Crucial Vote

2015-05-01 16:02:57

Bishop Participates in Portrait Unveiling at the Utah Military Academy

2014-09-23 18:38:05

KSTU Fox-13 Examines a New National Monument in Utah

2014-09-18 16:43:24

Fox News Natl Monument Story

2014-09-09 18:02:39

Bishop Appears on CSPAN to Discuss State Management of Fed Land

2014-05-01 14:40:34

Bishop Appears on CSPAN to Discuss State Management of Federal Land

2014-05-01 14:40:07

FY2015 budget Hagel and Dempsey

2014-03-07 01:17:51

HASC hearing on FY2015 Defense Budget

2014-03-07 06:09:23

Congressman Bishop Commemorates Weber State University's 125th Anniversary

2014-01-08 18:25:20

Bishop delivers opening statement during hearing on closure of National Parks

2013-10-16 14:48:11

Rob delivers keynote @ Heritage Foundation panel on National Park closure

2013-10-16 14:45:13

Bishop Notes Public Lands Day

2013-09-27 16:20:57

KUTV CBS Ch. 2 Covers the Pulic Lands Initiative

2013-09-26 14:40:26

Rep. Bishop Holds 8th Annual Education Conference

2013-09-26 14:35:52

Rep Bishop Questions top Military Leaders About Impact of Sequester in 2014

2013-09-18 19:34:45

Arizona Rancher shares stories of drug trafficking occuring on his property

2013-09-18 18:52:51

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A public school teacher turned public servant, Rob Bishop represents Utah’s First Congressional District in the U.S. Congress.

Rob Bishop is a life-long resident of the First District, with the exception of two years he spent in Germany while serving a mission for the LDS Church. He was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, where he graduated from Davis High School with High Honors. He later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. He has been a resident of Brigham City since 1974.

Rob is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Brigham City. They have five children: Shule, Jarom, Zenock, Maren, and Jashon.  They have six grandchildren- three boys and three girls.

Before coming to Congress, Rob was active in community theater, which is how he met his wife many years ago. As an avid baseball fan, Rob is a season ticket holder to the Salt Lake Bees and has coached in multiple leagues.

Rob is a devoted public servant. He has served his community in the State Legislature. During his sixteen years representing the Brigham City area, Rob distinguished himself as a leader. His last two years he was unanimously elected to serve as Speaker of the House. He also co-founded the Western States Coalition, a multi-state organization dedicated to protecting states’ rights and promoting Western interests and values.

Rob has served his political party for more than thirty years. Rob has worked at nearly every level of the Republican party, from precinct chair to member of the Republican National Committee, and has spent years working in every corner of this District. He has gone from Vice-Chair of the Davis County Teenage Republicans in 1968 to the advisor of the Utah Teenage Republicans in 1996. In 1997, he was elected Chairman of the Utah Republican Party. He served for two terms.

Rob has dedicated his life to teaching. He started teaching at Box Elder High School (BEHS) in Brigham City in 1974. From 1980 through 1985 he taught German and coached debate at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah, before returning to BEHS. Before retiring in December of 2002, he taught advanced placement courses in government and U.S. History, while serving as the Chair of the History Department at BEHS.

On January 7, 2003, Rob Bishop was sworn in as the new Congressman from Utah’s First Congressional District, replacing the retiring Representative Jim Hansen. For his first term, he was appointed to serve on his top three choices for House Committees – the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Science Committee – all three of which handle critical issues for Utah’s First District. In January 2005, Rob was sworn into a second term. He was subsequently appointed by the Speaker to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee, the legislative “gatekeeper” for all bills coming to the House floor.  During the 111th Congress, Rob was instrumental in founding the10th Amendment Task Force- a coalition of House Members committed to working toward disbursing power in Washington back to the people and states.

Rob is now in his sixth term in the House.  During the 113th Congress, Rob will serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the powerful House Rules Committee.  Rob will also continue serving on the Committee on Natural Resources where he is Chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee.

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