Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


Bishop Congratulates Orbital ATK on Utah Job Creation


Orbital ATK has announced the early production of hardware for its Next Generation Launch system. This program is estimated to create 200 new jobs in Utah, primarily at the company’s Promontory, UT location. This new family of Solid Rocket Boosters called the “Castor 300” series, is aimed at lessoning US commercial reliance on Russian rockets. Rep. Rob Bishop released the following statement:
“After almost a decade of false starts and unsure policies by the federal government, it is nice to realize the private sector has stepped up with a program that creates Utah jobs and, more importantly, drives space exploration and American self-sufficiency in the years to come. Thanks, Orbital ATK." Read More

Rep. Bishop Pens Letter to Secretary of Defense, James Mattis


Rep. Rob Bishop UT-01 is leading an effort to clarify the impact of a recent Presidential Memorandum which places a “freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees.” Civilian depot workers, like the thousands employed at Utah’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex, are protected by law* from such freezes. Rep. Bishop, and a bipartisan congressional coalition, have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis seeking acknowledgment of these legal protections.

Rep. Bishop stated, “All federal employees deserve to be treated with clarity and fairness. As the Trump Administration moves forward finding ways to ease the burden on the taxpayer, I will continue in my efforts to ensure Utah’s workers enjoy the protections the law provides. President Trump has been clear in his desire to make our military stronger, and Utah is uniquely situated to support that mission. The civilian workers play a critical role in defending our nation.”

Excerpt from letter“We respectfully urge you to take quick action to clarify that the current hiring freeze shall not apply to the hiring of defense civilians associated with the military industrial depots … We appreciate the difficult challenges that await you as you begin your tenure as the Secretary of Defense, and wish to express our willingness to work with you in addressing those challenges as we move forward together to support the defense of our nation.”

10 U.S.C. § 2472

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Bishop Proposes Constitutional Amendment


Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced H. J. Res. 100, a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would provide states with the authority to repeal any federal rule or regulation if two-thirds of the states are in agreement. Upon introduction of this legislation, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:

“The founding fathers crafted the Constitution to include the concept of checks and balances. Those checks and balances are not simply to provide horizontal protections, but also to ensure there are vertical safeguards between state and federal governments. This amendment halts the erosion of federalism that has chipped away at states’ powers for the past five decades. This is a tool for states to use when the executive branch of the federal government goes too far.” 

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Bishop Applauds Hill Air Force Base’s F-35A Combat Wings


The commander of Air Combat Command, General Herbert J. Carlisle has approved the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II for “Initial Operating Capability” (IOC). This new status qualifies the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings of Utah’s Hill Air Force Base as the first operational F-35A Combat Wings in the Air Force. 

As a senior member of the House Committee on Armed Services, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has repeatedly touted the benefits of Hill Air Force Base as an appropriate home for this fifth generation fighter aircraft. Following the IOC declaration, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:

“Talk to any war fighter who flies the F-35, and they’ll tell you it’s a game changer. This means America and her allies will continue to have air superiority. When we send men and women into battle, we don’t want it to be a fair fight, and this gives us the advantage. The commitment that Washington must make now is to build the number of planes needed, and to do it quickly. 

Bishop added:

Utah is the site of the first bed down because of the strong civilian workforce and the great public support for our military. Hill Air Force Base is the logical place. With the depot operations and the Utah Test and Training Range, we can test, maintain, and fly these planes all in one location. This ensures Hill remains critical to our national defense now and into the future.”  

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Bishop & Chaffetz Introduce Utah Public Lands Initiative


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) have formally introduced the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) legislation for consideration by the US House of Representatives. Included in the bill is a revamped 1.4 million acre plan for the Bears Ears region. A partner bill was also introduced to complement the Utah Public Lands Initiative by ensuring land use certainty in seven Utah counties. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will sponsor the companion legislation in the Senate.  

After introducing the PLI legislation, Rep. Bishop released following statement:

“The effort of PLI was always to solve problems that have led to acrimony, and to do so by conserving lands worthy of conservation and providing for economic and recreational opportunities for all Utahns. The status quo does not provide that. It’s not that the federal government is malicious, but when they own one third of America, it is just too much to effectively manage from Washington. Utah is a public lands state. It has always been, and it always will be. The question is how those public lands are managed. That’s where local government has the advantage. PLI takes that premise and builds it to a reality.”

Rep. Chaffetz said:

“In the shared effort to protect and manage Eastern Utah lands, particularly the Bears Ears Region, the Public Lands Initiative offers the most comprehensive, viable and legal path forward. We don’t have to settle for a solution that is limited in scope, support, and goodwill.  This legislation goes beyond conservation. In the case of Bears Ears, it safeguards access of traditional tribal uses and provides a meaningful seat at the table for tribal interests. Let’s give weight to the broad coalition of interests and enable a comprehensive solution to lands disputes that have plagued the West for generations.”

More info, including the PLI bill text, is available at There you will also find a summary of the bill and key changes, a thorough overview of the Bears Ears region, maps depicting the involved lands, and a listing of supportive statements from various organizations and individuals.

Recently, Reps. Bishop & Chaffetz and Sens. Orrin Hatch & Mike Lee sent a letter to Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell highlighting the legislative strategy and next steps for PLI. 

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Rep. Bishop Selected as Member of Military Funding Conference


WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has appointed Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) to serve as a lead member of the Conference Committee assigned to negotiate a final version of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Ryan said in a statement, “This legislation gives our military the tools and the funding it needs to do its job and keep America safe.”

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Bishop will participate in negotiations aimed at reconciling the differences in the House and Senate versions of this year’s NDAA. After being selected by Speaker Ryan for this assignment, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement: 
“The National Defense Authorization Act is how the military funds its programs, service members, civilian workforce, as well as establishes future military policies. It also includes issues specifically important in Utah by dealing with things like Hill Air Force Base, the F-35, the civilian workforce, and the Utah Test and Training Range. These issues will need to be supported and defended in the conference bill. My assignment is to be involved in that process and defend all the good things we got for the military and Utah in the House version.”
Selected lawmakers from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees will gather Wednesday, July 13th for the first Conference Meeting to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. 
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Rep. Bishop Reveals Legislative Strategy for Public Lands Initiative


Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a JOINT LETTER to Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The letter outlines the delegation’s legislative strategy and next steps for the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI). The steps include meetings, hearings and formal introduction of the bill before the House of Representatives goes into the July/August District Work Period.

In closing the letter, the Utah delegation members stated:

“Legislation ensures local participation and guarantees a balanced product. The delegation, local elected officials, and many local tribal organizations remain unified in our opposition to the unilateral use of the Antiquities Act in Utah. We look forward to working together.”
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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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"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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