Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Bishop Announces August Town Hall Meetings

2014/08/12

OGDEN, UT-- Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today announced that he will host town hall meetings in Davis, Uintah, Duchesne, Weber, Box Elder, and Cache Counties. The meetings will provide constituents with an opportunity to hear about current events and the latest policy initiatives in Congress and how they impact the State of Utah. Constituents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns or comments.

“I look forward to the town halls held in August each year. They provide an opportunity for communities in the First District to hear about the latest events back in Washington, but more importantly, they give me an opportunity to learn more about the thoughts and concerns from constituents. I take the feedback shared during town hall meetings back to Washington with me and it plays an important role in how I approach policy discussions and debates,” said Bishop.

Congressman Bishop hosts town hall meetings throughout the year as well as every August during the Congressional summer work period. Below is a schedule of the upcoming meetings:

Davis County
WHAT: Davis County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Layton City Council Chambers
437 N. Wasatch Drive
Layton, Utah
DATE:  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Uintah County
WHAT: Uintah County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: USU Vernal Campus
320 N. Aggie Blvd.
Vernal, Utah
DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2014
TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Duchesne County
WHAT: Duchesne County Town Hall Meeting with Governor Gary R. Herbert
WHERE: Crossroads Senior Center
50 East 200 South
Roosevelt, Utah
DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2014
TIME: 7:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Weber County
WHAT: Weber County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Shepherd Union Building, Ballroom B
Weber State University
DATE: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Box Elder County
WHAT: Box Elder County Town Hall Meeting with Governor Gary R. Herbert
WHERE: USU Extension, Milton-Miller Building Commons
195 W. 1100 S.
Brigham City, Utah
DATE:  Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TIME: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cache County
WHAT: Cache County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Historic County Courthouse
199 N. Main Street
Logan, Utah
DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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House Passes Historic Updates to Endangered Species Act

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON— Today Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman, joined in supporting the passage of the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act [H.R. 4315.]

The legislation makes updates and improvements to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which has struggled to accomplish its core mission due to outdated policies. Since the bill’s creation in 1973, more than 1500 species have been listed and the current rate of recovery stands at just 2%. It has been 26 years since updates were made to ESA. Excessive litigation by special interest groups has been an albatross around the neck of ESA, and has prevented it from achieving the results for which it was intended. Today’s legislation seeks to address this challenge, improve transparency of the program, bring greater state involvement, and reduce the taxpayer-financed litigation.  

“The Endangered Species Act isn’t working. The ultimate goal is to ensure that threatened and endangered species are successfully recovered and that long-term management plans are put into place. This legislation puts us on a path to do that. Without updates we will maintain the status quo, which has had a success rate of just two percent. In every classroom in America, that counts as a failing grade. We have to do better,” said Congressman Bishop.

The following are key improvements to ESA included in H.R. 4315:

·         Data used by federal agencies to support an ESA listing will be made available to the public through the internet.

 

·         The federal government will disclose to affected states data used prior to an ESA listing decision.

 

·         The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be required to track, report to Congress, and share online federal taxpayer funds as well as personnel hours required to respond to ESA related lawsuits.

 

·         Placement of reasonable caps on attorneys fees to make the ESA consistent with existing federal law. Through ESA-related litigation, attorneys are being awarded large sums that often include rates as much as $600 per hour. In most other areas of the federal government, attorneys’ fees are limited to $125 per hour in most circumstances.

 

Supporters of this legislation include:

·       American Logger’s Council

·       U.S. Chamber of Commerce

·       Family Farm Alliance

·       National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association

·       National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition

·       National Association of Conservation Districts

·       National Association of Counties

·       Western Energy Alliance

·       American Farm Bureau Federation

·       Americans for Responsible Recreational Access

·       American Council of Snowmobile Associations

·       BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc.

·       Motorcycle Industry Council

·       National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

·       Off-Road Business Association

·       Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

·       Specialty Equipment Market Association

·       Specialty Vehicle Institute of America

·       The Public Lands Council

·       National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

·       Washington Farm Bureau

·       Oregon Farm Bureau

·       Idaho Farm Bureau

·       Colorado Farm Bureau

·       The Public Power Council

·       Northwest River Partners

·       Wyoming County Commissioners Association

·       Wyoming Stock Growers Association

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President Signs Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act into Law

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON— Today, President Barack Obama signed the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act [H.R. 356/ S. 27] into law. This legislation was authored by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  

The bill specifically facilitates the exchange of approximately 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of land located within the northern portion of the reservation. This new law protects cultural lands in the southern part of the reservation and provides new opportunities for energy development elsewhere.

“This legislative effort is an example of the successes that are possible through collaboration.  So much uncertainty exists with the way areas of our public lands are managed and used. Here we were able to take interests of different entities, the Ute Tribe and the State of Utah, and reach an agreement about an equitable exchange that protects sensitive cultural lands while also providing opportunities to generate revenue for public education. This bill is an important part of our ongoing efforts to successfully address the decades old challenges that have prevented us from reaching agreements about land use, management, and conservation. It is my hope that this is among many future successes on this front,” said congressman Bishop.

Congressman Jim Matheson (UT-04), Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Senator Mike Lee (Utah) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

RELATED DOCUMENTS:

Bishop Lauds Senate Passage of Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act

Rep. Bishop’s Hill Creek Bill Passes House

Hatch and Bishop Introduce Legislation to Convey Federal Land to the State of Utah

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IN THE NEWS: Utah Republicans Bishop, Hatch draw rare praise from enviros for land-swap bill

2014/07/11

by Scott Streater, E&E reporter
 

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop (R) has long butted heads with conservation leaders and the Obama administration over land-use policies that he says hamper domestic energy production and destroy jobs.

But Bishop and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) drew praise from conservation groups yesterday, the day after the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Bishop and Hatch that would authorize the state of Utah to relinquish certain school trust or subsurface mineral lands in order to benefit the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.

The House approved the bill in May; President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

The "Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act," H.R. 356, calls for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah's mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another, less environmentally sensitive part of the reservation.

Utah's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has long wanted to swap state lands for mineral-rich tracts managed by the Bureau of Land Management, though the idea is controversial.

Bishop has been working for months with a large number of different stakeholders in the state, including conservation and local county leaders, on a number of public lands proposals that strive to balance energy development with other uses, including new wilderness designations (Greenwire, Oct. 22, 2013).

Environmentalists praised Bishop and Hatch for championing H.R. 356.

The Desolation Canyon area has long been a target of oil and gas development. BLM in 2012 approved a plan to drill as many as 1,300 natural gas wells in the next 15 years across more than 206,000 acres of mostly federal land. BLM's plan calls for using directional drilling techniques to stay away from sensitive areas, but critics say it will still harm the Desolation Canyon wilderness study area.

The Wilderness Society is part of a coalition of conservation groups that filed a federal lawsuit in Salt Lake City this year challenging the Interior Department's approval of the project (E&ENews PM, Jan. 22, 2013).

"This legislation will help protect one of the most ecologically critical and culturally sensitive lands in the country," Paul Spitler, director of wilderness campaigns at the Wilderness Society, said in a statement. "At the same time, it will increase revenue for the Utah schools and the tribe. It is a win for the environment, the tribe and the state.

"We applaud Congressman Bishop and Senator Hatch for their leadership and commitment in securing passage of this important bill," Spitler added.

The Bishop-Hatch bill was one of a slew of natural resources bills approved this week by the Senate, including measures that would increase the size of an Oregon national monument and create a national park in Maryland (E&E Daily, July 10).

Bishop said in a statement that he was happy the bill found favor with Democrats and Republicans alike.

"I am pleased that we are finally able to get this long-sought exchange to the President's desk. Today, that's not such an easy endeavor," he said in a statement. "This bill importantly takes into account the interests of both the Ute tribe and the State of Utah. It offers necessary protection to sensitive cultural lands while providing new opportunities to generate revenue for Utah's public education."

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Bishop Lauds Senate Passage of Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate today passed the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act [H.R. 356/ S. 27] originally introduced by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  The legislation facilitates the exchange of approximately 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of land located within the northern portion of the reservation. This exchange will ensure that cultural lands in the southern part of the reservation will be protected in perpetuity while, at the same time, providing new opportunities for energy development elsewhere. The legislation already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 13, 2013 and will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“I am pleased that we are finally able to get this long-sought exchange to the President’s desk. Today, that’s not such an easy endeavor. This bill importantly takes into account the interests of both the Ute tribe and the State of Utah. It offers necessary protection to sensitive cultural lands while providing new opportunities to generate revenue for Utah’s public education,” said congressman Bishop.

Congressman Jim Matheson (UT-04), Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Senator Mike Lee (Utah) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

RELATED DOCUMENTS:

Rep. Bishop’s Hill Creek Bill Passes House

Hatch and Bishop Introduce Legislation to Convey Federal Land to the State of Utah

 

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Bishop Issues Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision on Religious Liberty

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that certain U.S. employers cannot be required by the federal government to pay to cover contraceptives for their employees:

“Religious freedom is a fundamental constitutional right and I am very pleased by the Supreme Court’s decision to continue to protect that right.  The Obama Administration’s attempt to force employers to pay for things which they may oppose on religious or moral grounds was unacceptable and I’m glad that we have some resolution on this matter,” said Congressman Bishop.


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IN THE NEWS: In our opinion: Expanding Goblin Valley State Park deserves serious consideration (Deseret News)

2014/06/28

Deseret News editorial

Published: Sat, June 28

Read online here

A proposal to expand Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park to include federal lands already heavily used for recreation is a sound and sensible idea that deserves serious consideration. Ideally, it would come to fruition as part of a “grand bargain” process underway to settle land-use disputes in seven Utah counties.

The framework for such a bargain is emerging in Congress behind the work of Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, who is cobbling together a coalition of diverse interests to find agreement on the management of millions of acres that have long been the subject of rancorous disagreement. The process contemplates a series of agreements for land swaps that would require buy-in from state, county and federal agencies, as well as from various environmental, recreational, commercial and energy development interests.

So far, Bishop has managed to keep the necessary stakeholders on board as the process develops, which in itself is an accomplishment worth heralding.

Though diverse in their agendas, the parties acknowledge the value of a coordinated and comprehensive approach to land-use designation. It would bypass legal wrangling that inevitably occurs when state or county land managers move to open land to commercial development over the protests of environmental groups. And it would preclude an act of executive fiat to create a national monument out of federal holdings, which some believe may be on the Obama administration’s agenda.

Bishop’s process involves the disposition of 18 million acres in the eastern part of the state, and the process would likely result in millions of acres coming under wilderness designation. It would finally offer certainty to the various interests competing in their advocacy for different land-use strategies, including industries involved in coal, oil, gas and potash extraction.

The recently announced proposal to expand the 3,500-acre Goblin Valley State Park by 132,000 acres should naturally fall under that process. The park would expand its boundaries into the popular San Rafael Swell, long under pressure from recreation use that has not been closely regulated as it would be under a parks designation. Federal land managers have indicated a favorable attitude toward Goblin Valley expansion.

That proposal and the larger efforts by Bishop are reminiscent of the process of negotiation and compromise that led to legislation in 2009 to forge a long-term land-use plan in Washington County. The process now underway in Washington takes that approach to a higher level.

It is precisely the right approach to bring finality to the disposition of millions of acres of valuable land and quell the long and fractious debate over how and by whom those lands are best managed.

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House Energy Bill Passes House with Bishop Amendment on Lease Sales

2014/06/26

 

WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act [H.R. 4899]. The bill, which Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) co-sponsored, addresses some of the significant roadblocks preventing growth within onshore and offshore energy sectors, which, in turn, will lead to new jobs and lower gas prices. Included in the final legislation was an amendment introduced by House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) that would prevent the Administration from withdrawing federal lease parcels from a scheduled sale after the public comment period has closed and after the sale has been announced.  

Most recently, in November 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deferred 57 parcels from a planned lease sale only five days before the sale was to occur. The BLM justified the decision to cancel the lease sale based on a letter submitted long after the public comment period had ended.

“Our federal lands and offshore resources hold a great deal of potential for both job creation and domestic energy production. Unfortunately, the current Administration has endeavored to curb production of our federal energy resources and, unfortunately, they have succeeded. More than 100 leases set to go on the block in Utah have been cancelled during this Administration’s time in office. Those leases would have brought jobs and revenue to my home state and I know that Utah isn’t alone in this. The Administration can and should do better by the American people and this bill is a great place to start,” said Congressman Bishop.

 

Specifically, H.R. 4899:

  • Requires the Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources – including the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast.
  • Requires the Administration to conduct oil and natural gas leases sales that it has delayed or cancelled, including the Virginia Lease sale originally scheduled for 2011.
  • Increases offshore energy production by establishing fair and equitable revenue sharing of offshore revenues for all coastal states, including U.S. territories.
  • Reforms and further enhances the accountability, efficiency, safety and ethical standards of offshore energy operations.
  • Reforms the leasing process for onshore oil and natural gas projects on federal lands to eliminate unnecessary delays.
  • Reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal resources.
  • Sets clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources.
  • Establishes common sense steps to create an all-of-the-above American energy plan using our vast federal resources.
  • Ensures that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Modernizes and updates the bidding process for oil and natural gas leases by allowing Internet-based auctions.
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Congressman Bishop and Congressman DeFazio Introduce Landmark Legislation to Advance Education and Conservation

2014/06/19

WASHINGTON– House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today introduced the Advancing Conservation and Education Act [H.R. 4901].  This landmark legislation will increase public education funding in western states while completing conservation areas that currently include state school trust lands.

“As a former Utah public school teacher I can attest to the very real funding challenges facing public schools in western states.  Among the unintended consequences of previous federal conservation designations are the limitations placed on school trust lands trapped within those areas. Right now it is difficult, if not impossible, to utilize millions of acres intended to support public schools. As a result, public schools are shortchanged out of much-needed revenue. We have an opportunity to fix these issues by exchanging trapped school trust parcels for lands with viable revenue opportunities. In turn we will complete the conservation areas. It’s a commonsense solution that most importantly delivers a win for school kids in the West,”
said Congressman Rob Bishop.

“Conservation designations are critical, but designations trapped in a checkerboard pattern do not provide environmental benefits and they tie the hands of cash-strapped Western states. This bipartisan legislation is a win for those in the conservation community that want to protect our lands, and it’s a win for Western states, the federal government, and taxpayers because it consolidates a fractured land base,”
said Congressman Peter DeFazio.

In the West, many state-owned school trust lands are scattered throughout the state in a “checkerboard” pattern.  Congress granted most of these lands to the western states at the time of their statehood with the intent they be held in trust and managed to support public education.  Today, the Western States Land Commissioners Association estimates there are more than two million acres of these school parcels located in federal areas managed for conservation, such as National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Wilderness areas. As a result, it is difficult, and often impossible, to generate revenue on these school trust parcels because of their inaccessibility and proximity to federally protected places.  

 
Specifically the legislation:

  • Allows western states to relinquish ownership of certain land grant parcels located within federal conservation areas to the federal government.
  • Allows western states to select certain federal lands in exchange for the relinquishment of the aforementioned land grant parcels.
  • All relinquishments and selections must be done in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • All relinquishments and selections must possess equal value so as to protect both state and federal interests. 
  • Land grant parcels conveyed to the federal government are subject to valid existing rights.
  • Existing grazing permits will be recognized by both the federal government or the western state.

Supporters of the bill offered the following statements:

James D. Ogsbury, Executive Director of the Western Governors' Association-
"Western Governors applaud this bipartisan effort to reform the burdensome federal land exchange process that often prevents the completion of sensible and mutually beneficial exchanges."

Kathy Opp, President of the Western States Land Commissioners Association-
"It is important to have this practical tool to better fund education and create value for our beneficiaries, primarily K-12 public education in our states.”

Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Campaigns for The Wilderness Society-
“This legislation will help preserve America’s parks and wilderness while providing states with new sources of revenue for schools. It’s a classic ‘win-win.’ We applaud Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member DeFazio for their efforts, and hope the Congress will speedily approve this important bill.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Bishop to Participate in the Western Caucus Foundation’s Energy Summit and Governor’s Energy Development Summit Next Week

2014/05/30

WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) is scheduled to attend the Western Caucus Foundation’s Western Energy Summit, which will be held next week in Utah on June 2nd and 3rd prior to the Governor’s Energy Development Summit.

Congressman Bishop will deliver opening remarks on Monday, June 2nd and will participate in discussion panels on Tuesday, as well as on Wednesday, during  the Governor’s Energy Development Summit.

The following includes the schedule of events for the Western Caucus Foundation’s Western Energy Summit:

Monday, June 2, 2014

 

 

4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

 

Opening Reception

Welcome remarks delivered by Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01)

 

Location:Utah Olympic Park

3419 Olympic Parkway

Park City, Utah 84098

 

 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Panel discussion on Federal and State Issues

 

Participants: Congressional Western Caucus & Energy Producing States Coalition

 

Location:Utah Office of Energy Development

60 East South Temple

Canyon conf. room- 3rd floor

Lunch

 

Keynote Addresses: Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) and Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox

Guest Speaker: William Kovaks, Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs- U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Location:Grand America Hotel

555 South Main Street

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Imperial Ballroom C

1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion with Congressional Western Caucus Members and Guests on Energy Production in the West- Threats and Opportunities

 

Moderator: Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)


Topics/Speakers:

EPA: Regulations

Kristina Moore, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

EPA: ESA Policy on Sage Grouse

Ursula Rick, Western Energy Alliance

Allen Freemyer, Western Grouse Coalition

BLM: Threats to Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands

Tim Charters, House Natural Resources Committee

 

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Governor’s Energy Summit Reception

Location:Salt Palace Convention Center

 

 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Governor’s Energy Development Summit

 

 

 

10:30 a.m.

 

Congressional-Federal Panel

Guest Speakers: Congressional Western Caucus Members

Location:Salt Palace Convention Center

 

 

*these events are open to the press

 

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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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Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

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