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Siena College in Loudonville has named former New York Congressman Chris Gibson its next president. 

Reps. Gibson and Tonko at Plug Power , Latham NY (February 2016)
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Former three-term New York Congressman Chris Gibson, who explored a 2018 campaign for governor, says he won’t be a candidate for any office in the 2020 election. The Republican who retired from the House in 2016 spoke to WAMC News Monday after announcing he will teach at Siena College as a visiting professor starting next fall. Gibson, who has held a similar position at Williams College, discussed his classes, his faith and returning to his alma mater.

Chris Gibson is a decorated Army combat veteran and former US Congressman – a self-term-limiting one. He has now written a book to examine the troubled state of American politics and present a plan for what needs to be done to rediscover the principles needed to unite the country.

Raised in a working-class family in upstate New York, the first in his family to go to college, paid for in part by his service in the National Guard, Chris Gibson rose from Private to Colonel in the Army, including combat command in the storied 82nd Airborne Division. Rally Point is his story: what he's learned and how he's applied those life lessons during his service in Iraq and in Congress.

Chris Gibson spent the last six years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (NY-19). He also spent twenty-nine years in the U.S. Army, where he served four combat tours in Iraq and was awarded four Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart. His new book is Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream.

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Former New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was in Poughkeepsie Thursday, giving a talk on leadership. He addressed graduates of a regional leadership program and weighed in on the federal healthcare bills.

Republican John Faso defeated Democrat Zephyr Teachout in a race to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th House District. 

Rep. Chris Gibson
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Congress has passed a bill that would institute more rigorous oversight of industrial chemicals.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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With residents in the Town of Hoosick and Petersburgh still dealing with compromised drinking water due to the presence of PFOA, Representative Chris Gibson has sent a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Chairman Jason Chaffetz asking the committee to investigate the response of state and federal authorities.

Rep. Chris Gibson
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New York Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican from the 19th district who is retiring after this term, his third, announced Monday afternoon he will not run for governor in 2018. Frequently critical of corruption in state government and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in particular, Gibson had expressed interest in the office over the past several months, setting up an exploratory committee. But Gibson says in a statement he will return to academia instead:

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Congressmen Chris Gibson and Sean Patrick Maloney have worked across the aisle on a number of issues. Earlier this month, Gibson, a Republican, formed a committee to explore a run for New York governor in 2018. Now Maloney, a Democrat, is weighing in on his colleague’s potential run.

Gibson decided not to seek a fourth term, instead turning his attention to the possible gubernatorial run, a move that Maloney criticizes.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout today announced she is running for the New York Congressional seat currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, who is not seeking a fourth term. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more.

With the longtime leaders of the New York State Senate and Assembly facing trial on corruption charges this fall, we’ve been hearing a new round of calls to clean up Albany. Adding his voice to chorus is retiring Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican from the 19th district who says he is considering a run for governor in 2018. Gibson, who has not committed to a campaign yet, spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Congressional Corner.

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A Congressman from our region made national headlines this week by releasing a resolution backed by 10 House colleagues in support of action on climate change. The reason it made headlines: they’re all Republicans. While many in the GOP dispute whether climate change is even happening, Chris Gibson of New York’s 19th district says too-frequent damaging storms in his district are enough evidence that we’ve entered a “new normal.” Gibson, who is retiring from the House after this term and considering a statewide run in 2018, discussed the move with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Gibson Says Cuomo Is Vulnerable, Lukewarm On Bush

Jun 15, 2015

Hudson Valley Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican who is retiring from the House after this term and could seek statewide office in 2018, stopped by WAMC to record a Congressional Corner interview with Dr. Alan Chartock on Monday. In the following excerpt, the two discuss the GOP presidential primary and the 2018 gubernatorial race.

  The GOP House budget had some detractors from with the Republican conference.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan why he voted nay.

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In a wide-ranging taping of the Congressional Corner on Tuesday, New York Republican representative Chris Gibson of the 19th district told WAMC's Alan Chartock that Dean Skelos, the New York State Senate Majority Leader arrested on federal corruption charges Monday, should step aside.

Karen Magee: Calling Governor "Out Of Touch"

Feb 10, 2015

Governor Cuomo has made it clear: He doesn’t respect teachers or public education.  He doesn’t understand the stress placed on students by high-stakes tests.  Nor does he seem to have any use for parents’ voice, or the democratic way that communities build their local school budgets.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson has turned back a well-financed challenge from Democrat Sean Eldridge to keep his House seat in a sprawling upstate New York district.

On the 10th Annivesary of the US Invasion of Iraq, Capital Region bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with two Iraq war veterans who are now political leaders.

105th District Assemblyman Kieran Lalor was with one of the first Marine Corps units in Iraq, based out of Albany. He explains his batallion had been activated the year after 9 eleven, but stayed stateside until being discharged from active duty in 2002, only to be mobilized again in March 2003.


  Budget plans are being discussed in Washington, but the sequester’s shadow is large.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Defense Department should not be underfunded.

  Sequestration is causing widespread cuts to essential programs.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country never should have reached this point.

Rep. Chris Gibson
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ALBANY – The League of Conservation Voters Scorecard for 2012 shows Democratic members of the Congress scored consistently higher on environmental issues that their Republican counterparts.

They Voted for "No Budget, No Pay"

Jan 24, 2013
Ron Cogswell

At least two New York congressional representatives in the Hudson Valley say they voted in favor of the “No Budget, No Pay” act, which passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 285-144. The legislation ensures the U.S. avoids defaulting on its debt, and would withhold congressional pay until Congress passes a budget.

Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.