Bishop makes ‘honest’ House mistake

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Newly seated U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop got a little awestruck last week when Republican leaders handed him the gavel to preside over the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time.

Then the Rochester Republican had an aw-shucks moment.

Bishop made a rookie mistake when he used his smartphone to take not one, but two photos of a mostly vacant House floor Thursday and posted them on his Twitter account.

“Honored to preside over House activity today in the Temple of Democracy,” Bishop wrote on Twitter with one of the photos.

An NBC News reporter quickly pointed out on Twitter that the freshman congressman from Michigan’s 8th District had violated the House rules on his second day on the job.

Bishop quickly deleted the tweets, but the Sunlight Foundation preserved them in the government transparency group’s archives of deleted statements politicians make on Twitter.

Kelli Ford, Bishop’s communications director, said the congressman made an “honest mistake.”

“In a moment of awe, he made a mistake and he’s not going to do it again,” Ford said Monday.

Bishop presided over the U.S. House for about 30 minutes as part of a rotation of members getting an opportunity to share the gavel, Ford said.

From 2007 until the end of 2010, Bishop was majority leader of the Michigan Senate, where permission from leadership is required for anyone to photograph the proceedings.

Bishop succeeded former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, in representing the 8th Congressional District, which includes Ingham and Livingston counties and parts of northern Oakland County. He won the seat in November after defeating Democratic Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing in the general election.

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