Birthdate: June 1, 1950
Birth Place: Southampton, NY, United States
Residence: Southampton, NY
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Elected: 2002
State: New York
District: District 1
Tim Bishop was born in Southampton, N.Y., where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree in public administration from Long Island University.
Bishop began working as an admissions counselor at Southampton College in 1973 and rose through the ranks, becoming provost in 1986. He was the chief operating officer of the college, which is part of Long Island University. The university decided in 2005 to close its undergraduate program there.
Bishop served as chairman of the scholarship committee for the Southampton Rotary Club, chairman of the Southampton Town Board of Ethics and a board member of the Eastern Long Island Coastal Conservation Alliance.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2002.
Bishop and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters.
Tim Bishop was a little-known college administrator when he squeaked into Congress in 2002, winning one of the few House seats in New York still considered a toss-up. In 2010, his was the last House race in the country to be decided. He beat Republican businessman Randy Altschuler by fewer than 600 votes.
Bishop, who may still be more liberal than the 1st Congressional District, which includes the Hamptons and East End of Long Island, is facing a rematch against Altschuler in November 2012.
Bishop has been the leading congressional voice questioning the wisdom of closing the Plum Island Animal Research laboratory, which is located in the district. The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to move the lab to Kansas. Bishop says the sale of Plum Island could fetch $50 million to $80 million, but he says building the new facility would cost 10 times that much.
While Bishop concedes that part of his motivation is to save jobs for workers on Long Island employed at the lab, he also has cited recent studies questioning the wisdom of placing a new animal disease lab in the nation's so-called Beef Belt. A report released in June 2012 confirmed these risks.
"The report bolsters my case that not one more taxpayer dollar should be appropriated to build this billion-dollar boondoggle," Bishop said.
Bishop supported the Shinnecock Indian tribe's successful attempts at gaining formal federal recognition, a requirement for any tribe seeking to open a casino. He opposes building a gambling facility on the Shinnecocks' 1.9-square-mile reservation in Southampton. To date, no decision has been made by the tribe on where to open a casino.
He has come to the defense of Brookhaven National Laboratory, persuading the Department of Homeland Security to scrap a plan that supporters of the lab feared would reduce it to second-tier status among other federal laboratories.
He voted for legislation that would cap discretionary spending each year and result in $1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. He was also part of a New York delegation effort to prevent the final package from including massive cuts in payments to Medicare providers, particularly hospitals and doctors on Long Island.
He also voted to extend the nation's debt limit.
He introduced legislation that encourages states to implement strong graduated drivers' license programs. Another bill would reauthorize the Long Island Sound protection programs, extend the program throughout the watershed and better address water quality issues.
Source: Associated Press