Bishop was the representative for New York’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2014.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2013 Bishop was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for constituent services in 2012. The House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.. Representative Bishop lost the 2014 election.
|Jun. 13, 2013||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation|
|Sep. 11, 2013||House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.|
|Nov. 4, 2014||Bishop lost reelection.|
|Jan. 2, 2015||House Committee on Ethics reported that the end of the member's term ended the committee's jurisdiction.|
Read our 2014 Report Card for Bishop.
Bishop is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Bishop sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.
Bishop was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3912 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 Mastic Road in Mastic Beach, New York, as the “Brigadier General Nathaniel Woodhull Post ...
- H.R. 14 (112th): MAP-21
- H.R. 3250 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1210 West Main Street in Riverhead, New York, as the “Private First Class Garfield M. ...
- H.R. 3921 (110th): Procedural Fairness for September 11 Victims Act of 2007
- H.R. 4101 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 East Main Street in Patchogue, New York, as the “Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Post ...
- H.R. 4427 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 73 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the “Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post ...
Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Bishop sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (22%) Taxation (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Energy (6%) Commerce (6%)
Some of Bishop’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5554 (113th): Helping Wounded Warriors Cover Medical Expenses Act
- H.R. 5410 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 5122 (113th): Railroad Hours of Service Employees Technical Corrections Act
- H.R. 4722 (113th): EEZ Clarification Act
- H.R. 4511 (113th): Protecting Students From Automatic Default Act of 2014
- H.R. 4233 (113th): To authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to ...
- H.R. 3869 (113th): Fluke Fairness Act
From Jan 2003 to Dec 2014, Bishop missed 198 of 8,776 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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