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Biography

Elected: 2010, 3rd term.

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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5614

(202) 225-1168

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1708
Washington, DC 20515-3219

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5614

(202) 225-1168

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1708
Washington, DC 20515-3219

DISTRICT OFFICE

(518) 610-8133

(518) 610-8135

2 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106

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Kinderhook, NY 12106

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4254 Albany Post Road Route 9
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Staff

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Abortion

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Banking

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Budget

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Commerce

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Communication

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Education

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Energy

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Environment

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Finance

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Foreign

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Health

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Housing

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Human Rights

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Internet

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Labor

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Military

Stephen Ledbetter
Defense Fellow

Rules

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Science

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Tax

Rebecca Shaw
Legislative Director

Technology

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Trade

Nick Czajka
Senior Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Theodore Stephan
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Matt Sheehey
Press Secretary

Jim Haggerty
District Veterans Affairs Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Chris Gibson
Votes: 150,245
Percent: 52.85%
Julian Schreibman
Votes: 134,295
Percent: 47.15%
2012 PRIMARY
Chris Gibson
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Chris Gibson
Votes: 130,176
Percent: 54.85%
Scott Murphy
Votes: 107,077
Percent: 45.11%
2010 PRIMARY
Chris Gibson
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%)

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