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Phone: 202-225-5614

Address: 1708 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (518) 610-8133

Address: 2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook NY 12106

Delhi NY

Phone: (607) 746-9537

Address: 111 Main Street, Delhi NY 13753-1233

Kingston NY

Phone: (845) 514-2322

Address: 721 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401-3449

Cooperstown NY

Phone: (607) 282-4002

Address: 25 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown NY 13326-1101

Liberty NY

Phone: (845) 747-9261

Address: 92 Sullivan Avenue, Liberty NY 12754

Hyde Park NY

Phone: (845) 698-0132

Address: 4328 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538-3608

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Chris Gibson Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 3rd term.
  • District: New York 19
  • Born: May. 13, 1964, Rockville Centre
  • Home: Kinderhook
  • Education:

    Siena Col., B.A. 1986; Cornell U., M.P.A. 1995, Ph.D. 1998; U.S. Army Command and Gen. Staff Col., distinguished honor graduate 2000.

  • Military Career:

    Army Natl. Guard, 1981-86; Army, 1986-2010 (Kosovo, Iraq).

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Mary Jo); 3 children

Chris Gibson, elected in 2010, has one of the most liberal voting records among House Republicans. He announced in January 2015 he would not seek another term and that he might instead pursue statewide office. Read More

Chris Gibson, elected in 2010, has one of the most liberal voting records among House Republicans. He announced in January 2015 he would not seek another term and that he might instead pursue statewide office.

Gibson grew up in Kinderhook, played basketball at Ichabod Crane High School and joined the Army National Guard one day after his 17th birthday. He graduated magna cum laude from Siena College outside Albany and later earned a doctorate from Cornell University. Gibson served 24 years in the Army, was deployed to Kosovo and Haiti, and did four tours in Iraq. He taught American politics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was a Hoover National Security Affairs fellow at Stanford University. He also was a congressional fellow in the office of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and wrote a 2008 book called Securing the State, about civil-military relations in the Defense Department.

In 2010, Gibson challenged incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy. Murphy had replaced Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to succeed Hillary Clinton in the Senate. He only narrowly won the special election for the seat, 50.2%-49.8%, beating Republican state Assembly Leader Jim Tedisco.

Murphy voted against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in 2009 but later switched and voted for the final bill, citing improved small business provisions. That vote and one in favor of the Democrats’ cap-and-trade bill to curb carbon emissions made him a target for Republicans running on an anti-Obama theme in 2010. Gibson focused his campaign on familiar fiscal conservative issues and a tough-on-terrorists national security platform. He slammed Murphy for his votes for Obama’s initiatives, while Murphy argued that in the health care deliberations, he had bargained successfully for a reduced tax on medical devices and paper manufacturers, both good for the district.

Murphy also tried to distance himself from liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and touted his moderate voting record in the mold of Gillibrand. He got some attention with an ad depicting Gibson riding an animated cartoon crocodile that eats a middle-class family and asserting that his opponent will “feed on the middle class.” The day before the election, former President Bill Clinton put in an appearance for Murphy.

Murphy spent $5.3 million to Gibson’s $1.7 million. That was partially offset by Republican-leaning groups that spent $700,000 to help Gibson, although Democratic-leaning groups spent $200,000 to help Murphy. Gibson won 55%-45%.

In the House, Gibson in 2012 was the chamber’s most liberal Republican, ahead of 10 Democratic lawmakers, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. In 2013, the rankings again showed him as the most liberal Republican, outpacing two Democrats.

He and Republican Steven LaTourette of Ohio proposed an unsuccessful amendment in February 2011 aimed at undoing Republican attempts to eliminate several programs. Though he supported House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint that year, Gibson was one of 16 Republicans in 2012 to back an alternative by Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., that was based on the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission’s recommendations. Liberal actor Alec Baldwin later singled out Gibson for praise for supporting arts funding.

Gibson joined neighboring Democrat Paul Tonko of New York in sponsoring a bill to improve the tax credit for fuel cell-powered industrial vehicles. He did speak out against New York state’s stringent new gun control law in February 2013, calling it a legislative overreach.

In 2012, Gibson faced Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman, who, as a CIA lawyer, had successfully prosecuted al-Qaida members for bombing U.S. embassies. Schreibman accused his opponent of favoring an end to Medicare and of being “out of step” with the values of Upstate New York. Gibson responded by emphasizing his work on such important local issues as expanding rural broadband access and eradicating Lyme disease.

After post-2010 census redistricting, more than half of the district’s constituents were new to Gibson, and many of them were Democrats. But he enjoyed a significant money advantage and a commanding lead in late September polls. The Democratic tide in New York swung the race closer as Election Day neared, but Gibson pulled out a 53%-47% victory. He had a far easier time in 2014, beating Democrat Sean Eldridge by 30 percentage points.

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Chris Gibson Election Results
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2012 General
Christopher Gibson (R)
Votes: 150,245
Percent: 52.85%
Julian Schreibman (D)
Votes: 134,295
Percent: 47.15%
2012 Primary
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Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%)
Chris Gibson Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 54 (L) : 45 (C) 57 (L) : 43 (C) 52 (L) : 48 (C)
Social 54 (L) : 46 (C) 54 (L) : 45 (C) 55 (L) : 45 (C)
Foreign 52 (L) : 47 (C) 62 (L) : 38 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C)
Composite 53.7 (L) : 46.3 (C) 57.8 (L) : 42.2 (C) 51.2 (L) : 48.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
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ADA3020
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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