Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


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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Chairman Bishop Holds Sage Grouse Hearing


WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, held an oversight hearing titled, "Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse.” Chairman Bishop said the following during his opening remarks:

“Given the chance, states could prevent the need for a federal listing, and prevent endless fights to de-list species that recover.  States have already proven to be laboratories where innovative policy-makers can experiment to develop more effective policies.  The problem with the federal one-size-fits-all approach is that it’s never actually been compared to anything else.”

Ms. Kathleen Clarke was the Director of the Bureau of Land Management from 2001 to 2006 and  is currently the Director of the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office. Ms. Clarke served as a witness at today’s hearing and stated the following during her testimony

“The State of Utah’s Conservation Plan provides a solid framework for assessing the needs of the birds within the State. Utah is not a vast sea of sagebrush, such as found in Wyoming or the Great Basin. The most important conservation strategies address the major threats to the species in Utah – wildfire and the associated invasion of undesirable grass, and the encroachment of conifer trees into the sagebrush. These natural events constitute 97% of the threat to the species in Utah. Human activities, such as energy development and exurban development, are not major threats, representing only 3% of the threat. Utah’s sage-grouse conservation strategies are completely based upon the best available science developed over the past 20 years, and the most robust data.” 

Various other witnesses testified on the utility of state conservation strategies, and how a federal endangered listing and rigid federal land management decisions could undermine these efforts. 

For more information on the hearing, including witness testimony, please visit the website.
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NDAA Passes House Armed Services Committee


WASHINGTON— The House Armed Services Committee today passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016 by a vote of 60-2.  Details of the bill can be found here. The committee deliberated throughout the evening Wednesday and cast its vote this morning at approximately 4:30 AM EDT. Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), a senior Member of the Committee, voted in favor of the annual defense bill and said the following afterward: 

“I am proud of my colleagues in the Armed Services Committee for passing this bill. The task of providing for the common defense is one of paramount importance.  It is important that we pass the NDAA each year as it allows the armed services to provide security for our nation. I am happy to have language included in the bill that will protect the Utah Test and Training Range, Dugway Proving Ground, the Tooele Army Depot, and other lands used for military training, from intrusion by the Obama Administration through the dubious use of the Endangered Species Act.”

Rep. Bishop also included language in the bill that provides protections for Utah’s Depot Workers.

“Hill workers unfortunately remember when they were illegally furloughed by the Obama Administration.” Rep. Bishop said. “ I offered language to help ensure that their jobs are not threatened again by the Administration. This will ensure that any future worker reductions are based on workload and not any other factors so workers can continue to do what they do best in supporting the warfighter without worry of being targeted for illegal furloughs or job cuts.”

The legislation also authorizes full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Hill AFB has previously been identified as the OPS 1 location for the new fighter jet starting in September of this year.

“The F-35 is critical to our national defense and Hill is critical to the F-35.  I’m proud of the role Hill is playing with this next generation of fighter and I’m grateful our defense bill fully funds this important program.”
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Bishop Votes for Hill AFB Construction Funding


WASHINGTON—  Today the House voted on H.R. 2029 which allows for the funding of a hangar and a flight simulator for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Hill Air Force Base. This bill also calls for the funding of storage facilities to safely house munitions and other critical items at the base. The passage of this bill will provide $38.4 million for HAFB. 

Representative Rob Bishop offered the following statement:    

“A partnership has existed between the Air Force and the state of Utah that has mutually benefited U.S. national security and the Utah community for decades. This construction funding will enhance the crucial work being done at Hill and it will create numerous jobs for both active duty military members and civilians. I am proud of Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 419th Fighter Wing for being at the forefront of our nation’s air defense. I will continue to support any measures that support Hill Air Force Base’s standing as a leader in military readiness.”    
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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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