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Tilman "Tillie" Bishop, District 3
Current Term 2007-2013, Republican

Tillie Bishop  
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2255 Piazza Way
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Cell: 970-210-3820
Fax: 970-243-9676
University of Colorado Regent Tilman “Tillie” Bishop is a Colorado native, a longtime educator, a dedicated public servant and an influential former state lawmaker who resides in Grand Junction, Colo. A Republican, he was elected to the board in 2006 and represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Bishop serves on three of the board’s committees: audit (chair), awards, laws and policies. His six-year term ends in January 2013. He has supported education in Colorado for decades, having taught in Colorado public schools for seven years, and serving as a Mesa State College administrator for 31 years.

In 1970, Bishop was elected to the Colorado General Assembly and served two terms for a total of four years in the Colorado House of Representatives and six terms or 24 years in the Colorado Senate, the last six years as president pro tem. His tenure as a state lawmaker ended in 1998 due to term limits.

Bishop’s 28 years of service in the General Assembly rank him fourth in Colorado history for continuous service, and he was the longest-serving state senator from the Western Slope. During his time as a state lawmaker, Bishop focused on education, water, energy, natural resource development, highways and transportation, legislative reform, youth corrections and the state personnel system.

On the national level, Bishop served as Colorado’s representative on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. He also sat on the executive committee of the Energy Council, made up of 10 major oil-and-gas producing countries such as Canada and Venezuela. His other work experience includes four years as a Mesa County Commissioner.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Bishop earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Colorado as an El Pomar Foundation and wrestling scholarship recipient. In 1999, his alma mater awarded him an honorary doctorate.

Bishop also was a recipient of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation scholarship to UCLA and a was a Gates Foundation fellow while attending the summer program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University’s J.F. Kennedy School of Government.

In honor of Bishop’s dedication, outstanding service and leadership as a public servant, he has received numerous honors and awards. In recognition of his legacy, the Western Colorado Community College campus and the Colorado Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado River in Palisade, Colo., were named in his honor.

Bishop and his wife, Pat, a retired public school teacher, have been married for 59 years. Their son, Barry, passed away in December 2008.


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