Timothy H. "Tim" Bishop (born June 1, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 1st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
The district includes most of Central and Eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island. The district encompasses wealthy enclaves such as the Hamptons, middle class suburban towns such as Selden, Centereach and Lake Grove, working class neighborhoods such as Mastic and Riverhead and rural farming communities such as Mattituck and Jamesport on the North Fork.
Early life, education and career
Bishop was born on June 1, 1950 in Southampton, New York and graduated with a bachelor's degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree from Long Island University. Bishop is an initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Bishop is among the 12th generation of Bishops to live in Southampton. He served as the long-time Provost of Southampton College. Bishop began working at Southampton College in 1973 as an admissions counselor and rose rapidly through the ranks. During his 29 years at the College, he served in administrative positions touching almost every aspect of college life, from institutional research and planning, to financial aid and enrollment services, student activities, personnel, community relations and fundraising.
Bishop received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2008 Congressional Scorecard on Middle Class Values on middle-class issues.
Bishop gave leadership to the bipartisan coalition of elected officials and community advocates that saved the 106th Air Rescue Wing located at Gabreski Airport from being shut down by the Pentagon’s base closure commission. He also successfully led the opposition to a plan that would have dumped more than twenty million cubic yards of contaminated dredge waste in the Long Island Sound.
He has pushed forward the Democratic Party's efforts to increase college affordability.
In his first political race, Bishop ran as a Democrat against Republican Congressman Felix J. Grucci, Jr.. During the campaign, Grucci ran radio ads accusing Bishop of falsifying rape statistics at the college, but his claims were based on articles from a college newspaper that contained numerous inaccuracies. Grucci refused to repudiate the ads, and Bishop won the election by less than 3,000 votes. Bishop's victory was one of only two that year which had a non-incumbent Democrat beating an incumbent Republican.
2010: Bishop was challenged by Republican Randy Altschuler, a local businessman.
Bishop was initially declared the winner, but after a recheck of the votes, Atschuler appeared to be ahead. After the absentee votes were counted (24 November) Bishop led by 235 votes. Altschuler conceded the election on December 8, 2010 with Bishop leading by 263 votes out of 194,000 cast. It was the country's last undecided Congressional race in the 2010 election.
Bishop is married to Kathryn, founder and director of The Children's School Early Childhood program at Southampton College, and has two daughters, Molly and Meghan.
December 23rd, 2011