Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


Interior Department Announcement Changes Nothing


The US Fish and Wildlife service announced that the Greater Sage Grouse does not warrant specific protection under the Endangered Species Act for only the next 5 years. Representative Rob Bishop offers the following statement:

“This announcement changes nothing. It was an act of fundamental dishonesty. The Sage Grouse problem is no better solved today than it was yesterday before this announcement.  Despite the Administration’s decision, as long as the BLM is able to impose its will on the state of Utah by changing its land management plans as if the bird were listed, defense readiness will suffer. Large tracts of military test and training ranges will be off limits if the Administration has its way. Language I included in NDAA is now more vital than ever. It allows state plans that protect the Sage Grouse to go into effect, and prohibits the BLM from gaining greater control over land than they already have. Using effective state plans rather than a federal lands plan is better for the state. Without this language the federal government will continue to abuse the states, shortchange the taxpayer and weaken the military.”  

Under the State of Utah’s plan, there was a 20% increase in the number of Sage Grouse last year over the year prior. In June, the Interior Department revealed a land-use plan for the Sage Grouse that would usurp all state efforts to bolster the bird populations.  Read More

Rep. Bishop Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood


Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement today after voting in favor H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.

"I've always opposed federal dollars going to Planned Parenthood, so I'm proud of the House taking a stand to cut off these taxpayer funds. The recent revelations from the undercover videos and the absolute disregard for human life shown in them should be troubling to all of us. It's high time to cut off these funds and let the House investigations proceed."

Earlier this year, undercover videos created by the Center for Medical Progress showed high level staff from Planned Parenthood reportedly discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.

The House Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform are investigating questions raised by the videos. 

Today's House bill prohibits any federal funds from being authorized or appropriated for one-year, for any purpose, to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of that organization, unless such entities certify that those affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs an abortion during such period.

The bill provides an exception for an abortion if the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, or in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.
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Rep. Bishop Votes NO on Iran Deal


Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement following his NO vote on H.R. 3461. This vote asserts Rep. Bishop’s disapproval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action relating to the nuclear program of Iran, or ‘The Iran Deal.’ 

“The Iran Deal is a bad deal and increases, not decreases, the likelihood of war in that area.  That’s why I cast a NO vote on the deal and a YES vote on maintaining the sanctions that were working. This is a deal that was struck between Iran, a few European nations, and the US. It excluded Middle-Eastern Sunni nations. We should renegotiate and include those nations. Otherwise I fear we hand over a tremendous propaganda coup to ISIS.” 

Rep. Bishop voted YEA on H.R. 3640, which would suspend the authority of the President to waive or reduce economic sanctions on Iran. Rep. Bishop stated the following regarding these sanctions:

“I’m concerned that this deal could do much to embolden the threat of terror in the Middle East and the United States. The potential lifting of sanctions frees up $150 billion for Iran to spend on further arming terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.” 

On September 10th 2015 Rep. Bishop voted YEA on H. Res. 411. The resolution asserts that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by failing to disclose details of the secretive side deals that are part of this agreement.
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Utah Delegation Sends Letter to Int. Secretary Jewell


WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop joined with the other members of Utah’s federal delegation in sending a letter to the Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. In the letter, the delegation informs Secretary Jewell that the creation of a National Monument in Utah would be detrimental to the Public Lands Initiative which enjoys wide support from local leaders and stakeholders.    

The letter also updates Secretary Jewell on an important land management vote taken by the San Juan County Commission. The Commission has been an active participant in the Public Lands Initiative.
CLICK HERE to read the letter. 
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Rep. Bishop Reacts to Iran Deal


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement following the Obama Administration’s announcement of an agreement with Iran:

“In March of this year I joined with 366 other members of Congress – on both sides of the aisle – to tell President Obama what we expected from these negotiations with Iran. Based on early reviews, I’m afraid this agreement fails to satisfy those demands. I fear that the proposed deal does nothing to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapon capabilities. As stated in our letter, ‘Iran’s record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran.’ 

“I’m concerned that this deal could do much to embolden the threat of terror in the Middle East and the United States. The potential lifting of sanctions frees up $150 billion for Iran to spend on further arming terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah. In addition, no Middle-Eastern Sunni nations were represented in these negotiations. ISIS forces can use this fact to foster potential support among Sunnis who may be leery of the U.S. making deals with a Shia Iran.

“This deal threatens the safety of America and her allies. A US President should be in the business of protecting the US, not simply seeking to secure a faux legacy built on bad deals.”

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Utah Lawmakers React to Obama Monument Designation


WASHINGTON – Today, Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz responded to President Obama’s impending use of the Antiquities Act in Lincoln County and Nye County Nevada to create the 700,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument.  In making this announcement, the President will unilaterally wipe away a locally developed land plan without any public involvement or regard for the legislative process.
Rep. Bishop: “Following the example of Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration is using and abusing the Antiquities Act as a political weapon. The worst part is that the act doesn’t guarantee public input. In fact, the vast majority of monuments that have been created through the Antiquities Act were created with no public input whatsoever. The people in the counties deserve the right to continue their work on locally driven land initiatives without threats like these hanging over their heads.”

Rep. Chaffetz: “Presidents should be barred from using the Antiquities Act within a county that has enacted a land management plan.  The Congressional process guarantees public involvement and ensures that all local interests are considered.  To avoid the debacle that is now Lincoln County, any county participating in a local planning process should demand such an exemption be included in the final bill, I know that I will.”

Lincoln County, Nevada went through an exhaustive, locally-driven land planning process in 2004 that resulted in the creation of 700,000 acres of wilderness (P.L. 108-424).  During floor debate at the time, Senator Harry Reid lauded the bill and said it was a “compromise that is fair, forward-looking and provides for conservation, recreation, and development in Lincoln County and for southern Nevada."  
In describing the compromise, Sen. Reid went on to say, “We fully expect some criticism for what the bill does not do. For example, it does not designate the more than 2.5 million acres that the Nevada Wilderness Coalition advocates in Lincoln County. Nor does the bill release all the wilderness study areas in Lincoln County as others would advocate.”  
With today’s announcement, the locally developed compromise will be disregarded for a President who never held a single meeting within the Lincoln County community.  
Additional Background on the Basin and Range National Monument:
Legislative Bailout
• Legislation to protect the area included in the new monument has garnered little support in the House and Senate. 
• A Member of Congress that does not even represent the area introduced the House bill while the Senate bill does not have a single cosponsor.  
• By comparison, every single Nevada lands bill that was enacted in 2014 had bipartisan support.
Land Protection Overkill
• Proponents of the monument say land protections are needed to protect the manmade art formation known as “The City”. 
• While The City is an impressive land-art formation unlike any other, its size is roughly comparable to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  
• An expansive boundary of the size and scope of the Basin and Range National Monument is not needed to protect an area as small as The City. 
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Rep. Bishop Objects to SCOTUS Decision


WASHINGTON – After the Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, and it was held that the states are not empowered to decide for themselves on the issue of marriage, Rep. Rob Bishop issued the following statement:

“The decision from the Supreme Court was wrong and it was made the wrong way. As is the case in countless issues of governance, states are so-often better suited to act on behalf of the people. The US Constitution makes no mention of marriage and therefore the matter should have been left to the states. Chief Justice Roberts said it best when he wrote in his dissent, ‘If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision … But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.’” Rep. Bishop added, “If the consequences of this decision present a threat of religious liberties, I stand ready to fight for the people’s right to practice their faith without government interference.” 

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Rep. Bishop is Chief Sponsor of Bill to Defend 2nd Amendment


WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has introduced H.R. 2710, the Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act of 2015. This bill will reign in the Obama Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF has attempted to ban ammunition used in the popular AR-15 rifle. The bill will eliminate the ATF’s illegitimate authority to prohibit this .223 caliber ammunition. This legislation will also eliminate ambiguity in current code that could allow the ATF and the Administration to restrict certain types of shotguns and shotgun shells that are used for self-defense. Bishop offered the following statement:

 “The founding fathers recognized that the right to bear arms is fundamentally tied to self-defense. This is as true today as it was over two centuries ago when the Bill of Rights was ratified. The ATF has exploited vagaries present in federal gun law to chip away at basic rights. This legislation will slap the over-reaching hand of the federal government and restore some of the freedoms our grandparents enjoyed.”

On March 4, 2015, 238 members of congress (including Rep. Bishop) sent a letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones to express serious concerns with the “Framework” proposal; because those concerns were not met with a satisfactory reply and permanent solution, Bishop is now sponsoring the Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act of 2015 to ensure the Administration and the ATF are unable to interfere with Second Amendment rights.

In addition to the 50 co-sponsors of the bill, various organizations have also expressed full support for the Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act of 2015.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members, I want to thank Representative Bishop for his leadership in protecting our Second Amendment rights. Rob Bishop understands this issue is about freedom and protecting us from government overreach and intrusion.”

                                                               – Chris W. Cox, Executive Director for NRA-ILA

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Administration Sage Grouse Announcement is about Controlling Land, Not Saving Bird


WASHINGTON— Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) responded to the Obama Administration’s announcement of federal land use plans for the Greater Sage Grouse.
“This is just flat out wrong. If the Administration really cares about the bird they will adopt the state plans as they originally said they would. The state plans work. This proposal is only about controlling land, not saving the bird. 

“Our Committee has held hearings on how the federal agencies are not working with the states. When I became Chairman I held high hopes that this Administration would try to be more cooperative. This announcement is not cooperation; it is not collaboration, and it is not a solution. It is just wrong.  

“I call on this Administration to work with the states and Congress. Together, we can solve this problem. Without working together, the Sage Grouse suffers and we fail.”

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Rep. Bishop Opposes Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank


WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) feels the time for the Export-Import Bank has come to an end. The 81-year-old government corporation was organized by Executive Order and is currently operating under a charter that is set to expire on June 30th 2015. Rep. Bishop offered the following statement regarding reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank:

“While the intent of the Export-Import Bank decades ago may have been a good one, I believe it has drifted too far off course and has missed opportunities to reform, and so the time has come to let its authorization expire. The sun has set on the utility of the bank and the rationale being presented to support it is based on antiquated arguments. The Government is not better than the free market in guiding the economy towards prosperity and so I'm concerned about the bank's interference in what should primarily be private business decisions and transactions.  Plus, there is much the Ex-Im Bank could have done to clean up its act and be more transparent.  While we must do what we can to ensure a fair playing field for American businesses, I don't feel the bank is part of that solution. If a bill emerges from the Financial Services Committee that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, I plan to oppose it.”      
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Federal Lands Action Group

2015-07-28 21:42:00

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

2015-05-01 15:52:17

Bishop Participates in Portrait Unveiling at the Utah Military Academy

2014-09-23 18:33:22

KSTU Fox-13 Examines a New National Monument in Utah

2014-09-18 16:41:45

Fox News Natl Monument Story

2014-09-09 17:56:38

Bishop Appears on CSPAN to Discuss State Management of Fed Land

2014-05-01 14:33:53

Bishop Appears on CSPAN to Discuss State Management of Federal Land

2014-05-01 14:33:52

FY2015 budget Hagel and Dempsey

2014-03-06 22:49:34

HASC hearing on FY2015 Defense Budget

2014-03-06 22:16:42

Congressman Bishop Commemorates Weber State University's 125th Anniversary

2014-01-08 18:23:38

Bishop delivers opening statement during hearing on closure of National Parks

2013-10-16 14:47:05

Rob delivers keynote @ Heritage Foundation panel on National Park closure

2013-10-16 14:42:49

Bishop Notes Public Lands Day

2013-09-27 16:20:20

KUTV CBS Ch. 2 Covers the Pulic Lands Initiative

2013-09-26 14:37:40

Rep. Bishop Holds 8th Annual Education Conference

2013-09-26 14:34:47

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

2013-09-18 19:22:43

Arizona Rancher shares stories of drug trafficking occuring on his property

2013-09-18 18:50:53

Bishop addresses Defense Funding & Furloughs of Working Capital Fund Employees

2013-07-23 17:33:58

Bishop Grills Secretary Jewell over emails on sage grouse plan

2013-07-17 20:42:33

Bishop Highlights Flaws in Senate Border Security Plan

2013-06-26 18:12:00

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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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