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Rob Bishop

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
In office
Preceded by James Hansen

Born July 13, 1951 (1951-07-13) (age 58)
Kaysville, Utah
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeralynn Hansen Bishop
Children Shule Bishop
Jarom Bishop
Zenock Bishop
Jashon Bishop
Maren Bishop
Residence Brigham City, Utah
Alma mater University of Utah
Occupation high school teacher, lobbyist
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Robert William "Rob" Bishop (born July 13, 1951) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He is the representative for 1st district of Utah (map). He served on the Rules Committee until the 2006 elections.



Bishop was born in Kaysville, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Germany from 1970 until 1972. Bishop received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1974. He taught civics classes at Brigham City's Box Elder High School from 1974 to 1980, and later took a job teaching German in Ogden, Utah at Ben Lomond High School.

Bishop was a member of the Utah State House of Representatives from 1979 until 1995. He was House Majority Leader and later served as Speaker of the House from 1992 until 1994. In 1997 he was elected chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and served for two terms in this position. He has also worked as a legislative lobbyist in Washington. After his retirement from the state legislature, Bishop returned to Box Elder High School and taught advanced placement courses while chairing the history department.

Bishop was first elected to Congress in 2002 and reelected in 2004 and 2006. He has never received less than 60% of the vote in any of his election bids. Bishop is the co-founder of the Western State Coalition, a states' rights organization. As a teacher, he has made education related issues his top priority, advocating local control of schools. He voted against No Child Left Behind but supports school vouchers. He was also a co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to guarantee a balanced federal budget.

Bishop is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Peach Queen for Brigham City, Utah. They have five children — four sons, each of whom is named after a person in the Book of Mormon (Shule, Jarom, Zenock, and Jashon) and one daughter (Maren). Shule works in Washington DC. Jarom works as an attorney for a law firm in Ogden, UT, and attended Creighton University School of Law. Zenock studies at Utah State University. Maren is also attending Utah State University and will shortly be leaving to serve an LDS mission in Wisconsin, and the youngest Jashon, graduated from Box Elder High School in 2007.

Committee assignments


Party leadership and caucus membership

  • House GOP Policy Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Outreach and Communications Chair for the Congressional Western Caucus

Electoral history

Utah's 1st congressional district: Results 2002–2008[1]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 Dave Thomas 66,104 37% Rob Bishop 109,265 61% Craig Axford Green 4,027 2% *
2004 Steven Thompson 85,630 29% Rob Bishop 199,615 68% Charles Johnston Constitution 4,510 2% Richard W. Soderberg Personal Choice 4,206 1%
2006 Steven Olsen 57,922 32% Rob Bishop 112,546 63% Mark Hudson Constitution 5,539 3% Lynn Badler Libertarian 2,467 1%
2008 Morgan Bowen 87,139 30.4% Rob Bishop 186,031 65.0% Kirk D. Pearson Constitution 6,861 2.4% Joseph G. Buchman Libertarian 6,287 2.2%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, Cody Judy received 8 votes; Charles Johnston received 7 votes; and Susan Howard received 1 votes.


  1. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James V. Hansen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by


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