Rep. Rob Bishop fields questions from constituents at town hall meeting

Posted at 9:45 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-26 00:08:50-04

LAYTON, Utah -- It's a rare event among lawmakers recently.

Friday night, hundreds of people showed up for a town hall held by Congressman Rob Bishop, a Republican representing Utah's First Congressional District, and he answered dozens of questions at Layton Christian Academy.

The last couple of town halls with Utah representatives have been lively to say the least. Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz was booed at his in February, and then months later Chris Stewart had people yelling at him to do his job.

Surprisingly, the crowd in Layton was quite calm.

But there were some topics that got the crowd of a couple of hundred riled up. Those in the First District have been waiting for months for Bishop to hold a town hall meeting.

Bishop addressed a lot of issues and questions from the crowd.

But the hot topics surrounded issues of health care, Utah’s air quality, protecting wild Utah and the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, gender equality, the travel ban, building a wall and border patrol.

Bishop also denounced white supremacy and the actions in Charlottesville

But one of the biggest roars from the crowd came when Bishop read back-to-back questions about why he continues to support President Trump and why he would not try to impeach him.

The last thing he said to the crowd was thanking them for how they conducted themselves and encouraging them to write. Bishop says he gets 300 to 400 emails a day but still tries to go through them. This marks his seventh term, and he said he will serve for one more term and then he's out.