Tim Bishop Defends His Seat In Congress

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Incumbent Tim Bishop, 64, Democrat:Mr. Bishop hails from Southampton and has served as a U.S. Representative since 2003.

He graduated from Southampton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University.

Mr. Bishop worked as an admissions counselor and the provost at Southampton College for 29 years, until he won his seat in Congress.

He is specifically assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

His wife, Kathryn, is the founder and director of the Children’s School for early childhood development in Southampton.

They have two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and a grandson, Nathan.

Mr. Bishop faced and defeated challenger Lee Zeldin in 2008.

Issues:• Immigration reform: Mr. Bishop said he supports strengthening the U.S. southern border but also giving law-abiding and working undocumented immigrants a 15-year track to earn citizenship. He is co-sponsoring the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the House of Representatives. The bill passed in the U.S. Senate in 2013. He voted in favor of the federal DREAM Act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. He believes the surge of Central American children at the southern border could be dealt with by stopping it at its source as well as by addressing the gun violence and drug trade in those countries.

• Civil Rights/Equality: The congressman supports same-sex marriage. He is one of 181 co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and ensure the recognition of gay marriages across state lines. He also took part in repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2010 and voted against a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. He said he believes in a woman’s right to choose and in equal pay for equal work.

• Health Care: Mr. Bishop has voted against any legislation that would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, but described it recently as a work in progress that can be improved in several specific ways.

• Economy/Jobs: He supports increasing the minimum wage and thinks that investing in infrastructure, education and training would bolster the economy, making it easier for businesses to thrive and take on properly-trained employees. Two years ago, Mr. Bishop led the effort to stop budget cuts at the Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research, which would have eliminated thousands of jobs at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In May, he announced a new law that would create jobs through a Clean Water State Revolving Fund and other efforts to improve water quality by renewing the federal government’s commitment to address the country’s wastewater infrastructure. Mr. Bishop has also been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to make sure that the replacement of an air traffic control facility in Westbury is built on Long Island, which would save about 1,000 jobs and create well-paying construction jobs, according to Mr. Bishop.

• Marijuana Legalization: Mr. Bishop is in favor of legalizing the use of medical marijuana and supports allowing states to have their own rules and regulations regarding marijuana. He supports the idea of cutting funding for Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana operations but said he doesn’t want to go as far as decriminalization.

• ISIS: Mr. Bishop favors limited military action against the group to act more as an aid rather than deploying ground combat troops.

• Ebola: He says he is disappointed in how the president has handled the situation and his appointment of Ron Klain as the Ebola czar, saying he has no health care experience. He supports banning air travel to and from Ebola-stricken countries.

His Pitch:“What Washington needs is members of Congress who take a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to finding solutions, who would be willing to partner with people wherever they are to move public policy forward to benefit constituents and to do all of that in a manner characterized by civility … I am that kind of congressman.” — Mr. Bishop’s closing remarks at a debate at LTV Studios in Wainscott on October 23.

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