Meet Tim Bishop
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Congressman Tim Bishop led Southampton College for 29 years, leaving the position of Provost in 2002 to make his first-ever run for office, when he was elected to represent New York's 1st Congressional District in one of the closest elections in the nation. He has been re-elected to the House of Representatives five times.
Congressman Bishop’s priorities in Congress include fighting for middle class families, improving access to higher education, defending retirement security for America's seniors, protecting the environment and providing excellent constituent services. He is a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bishop has worked to protect Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, the Forge River and other waterways, as well as to bring back federal funding to improve our infrastructure and put Long Islanders to work. In 2011 he secured over $1 million in funding for an emergency dredge of Lake Montauk Harbor to protect jobs in the commercial fishing industry.
He has been a champion of the Long Island Sound, leading the opposition against the plan to build the Broadwater Natural Gas terminal off Long Island and introducing legislation to improve and restore water quality in the Sound by providing new funding and regulatory tools for states and municipalities to protect waters throughout the Sound’s watershed. Bishop received the 2012 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award from the New York Water Management Association in recognition of his strong leadership on water quality issues.
Congressman Bishop has brought home more than $130 million to our district including $50 million for roads and bridges in the district. He led 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.
Bishop is recognized as one of the strongest advocates in Congress for college access and affordability, and he helped write key provisions of legislation to help millions of students and families pay for college at no new cost to taxpayers. In recognition of his work on behalf of students, Bishop was named the 2011 recipient of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education, and was also the first recipient of the Torch Award from the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations honoring public figures who demonstrate leadership and effectiveness in expanding availability of student financial assistance.
Bishop has helped thousands of Long Islanders cut through the federal bureaucracy and access the Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits they deserve. Standing up for Suffolk County's veterans is also a top priority for Bishop and he has recovered over $2 million in overdue compensation for local veterans and secured nearly 3,500 military medals that his constituents earned but never received. Bishop was named the Times-Beacon newspapers’ “Man of the Year in Government,” citing his excellence in constituent service.
Congressman Bishop graduated from Southampton High School and holds an BA in History from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University. He and his wife Kathryn, founder and director of The Children’s School for early childhood development, have two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and the family welcomed their first grandchild, Nathan, in 2010.