Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


Bishop Introduces Bill to Protect and Defend 2nd Amendment


Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has introduced H.R.2620, the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act. The Act will eliminate ambiguity in current code that could lead to the restriction of certain types of firearms and ammunition that are used for self-defense. This legislation will curtail the ability to interfere with the rights to obtain and use firearms for lawful purposes. Bishop offered the following statement:

“The Founding Fathers were clear when they drafted the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment is about security and self-defense. Vagaries in today’s legal code pose a real threat to the right to keep and bear arms. The Obama Administration exploited this ambiguity to forward its agenda of restriction. It’s time to ensure no future Administration tramples on these freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.”

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action said:

"On behalf of the NRA’s 5-million members, I would like to thank Chairman Rob Bishop for introducing this critical legislation. It sends a clear message that Congress will no longer allow federal bureaucrats to infringe on our Second Amendment right to self-protection.”


The Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act would:


  • Eliminate ATF’s authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.”The federal law governing armor piercing ammunition was passed by Congress to target handgun projectiles, but ATF has used the law to ban common rifle ammunition.


  • Provide for the lawful importation of any non-NFA firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States.ATF has used the current discretionary “sporting purposes” standard to deny the importation of firearms that would be perfectly legal to manufacture, sell, and possess in the United States.


  • Protect shotguns, shotgun shells, and larger caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as “destructive devices.” Classification as a destructive device subjects a firearm to the registration and taxation provision of the National Firearms Act (NFA) and creates a ban on possession of the firearm in some states.


  • Broaden the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for “sporting purposes.”
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Bishop Statement on Appointment to Chair Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs


Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced the creation of the Speaker's Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs. The Task Force is a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on studying the proper balance of power between federal, state, tribal and local governments. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) was appointed as Chairman of the Task Force and issued the following statement: 

"Speaker Ryan has done something unique. He is looking outside of Washington for answers. I thank the Speaker for the opportunity to chair this Task Force. 

"The solutions to our nation's problems are found in the creativity of state, local, and tribal governments, all of whom are closer to the people than Washington bureaucrats. Working with these leaders will produce bipartisan solutions and greater coordination to improve the lives of the American people.”


1.      Partner with states, tribes, and local governments to restore the proper balance of power among governments

2.      Provide a forum for states, cities, and counties to showcase their innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems

3.      Examine the effects of federal rules and regulations on state and local partners

4.      Develop proposals to partner with and empower states, tribes, local governments, private institutions, families and individuals

5.      Examine the extent to which the burdens shared among states, tribes and local governments may be re-allocated to improve the quality of life in all communities

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Bishop Thanks Secretary Zinke for Utah Visit


On April 26, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act. This week Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Utah to tour the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Following a tour of the Bears Ears region with the Secretary, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) offered the following statement:

“I thank Secretary Zinke for coming to Utah to finally listen to the local voices. The prior Administration may have visited Bears Ears but, contrary to recent comments, had no part in the establishing of the Monument. The former Department admitted they were not part of the process, and that the White House acted alone and without local input. This President has done it the right way by ordering the Interior Department to review the process and listen to the local voices. 

 “The Bears Ears Monument is only a symptom of something much greater. The real problem lies in the 111-year-old Antiquities Act. The Act must be modernized. 

“I am happy to have had Secretary Zinke tour these lands and more importantly, to have heard from the local people. I look forward to his recommendation to the President regarding Utah’s Monuments, and all the Monuments he will review nationwide. I am confident the Secretary understands there must be legislative reform to the underlying problem, the Antiquities Act.”

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Bishop Casts Vote to REPEAL Obamacare


The U.S. House of representatives has voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of the measure:

“The problem with Obamacare is that it has raised premiums significantly, and it has caused people to have their workhours slashed and even lose their jobs. Americans have been either forced into a government program or penalized with a fine. Those who became newly insured were pushed into a plan that was doomed to fail. The passage of today's healthcare reform bill is the first step to allow people to have choices that meet their needs, not forced into what the government demands. I understand the pains of Obamacare first hand. As a member of Congress, I too was forced to comply with this mandate. This bill is a significant step forward for all those who seek quality, affordable, and accessible health care.”    


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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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2014-05-01 14:40:07

FY2015 budget Hagel and Dempsey

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HASC hearing on FY2015 Defense Budget

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Congressman Bishop Commemorates Weber State University's 125th Anniversary

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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

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Rep. Bishop Holds 8th Annual Education Conference

2013-09-26 14:35:52

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Arizona Rancher shares stories of drug trafficking occuring on his property

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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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