Sanford (Sanford) D. Bishop, Jr. (D-USH02)
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United States House of Representatives
Room 2407 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-1002

Residence: Albany, GA
Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Vivian (Creighton)   DOB: 2/4/1947
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Vietnam-Era Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Housing Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Peanut Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Working Forests Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional AbilityOne Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fragrance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hidden Heroes Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers
FC MemberCongressional Chicken Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Scouting Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Beef Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
FC MemberBlue Dog Coalition
Co-ChairCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Baker / Bibb / Calhoun / Chattahoochee / Clay / Crawford / Crisp / Decatur / Dooly / Dougherty / Early / Grady / Lee / Macon / Marion / Miller / Mitchell / Muscogee / Peach / Quitman / Randolph / Schley / Seminole / Stewart / Sumter / Talbot / Taylor / Terrell / Webster

State Legislators with Overlapping Districts - 25
Last NameFirstNameDistrictCity
BlackEllisSS 08Valdosta
BurkeDeanSS 11Bainbridge
ClarkHeathSH 147Warner Robins
CorbettJohnSH 174Lake Park
GreeneGeraldSH 151Cuthbert
HarbisonEdSS 15Columbus
HatchettMattSH 150Dublin
HugleyCarolynSH 136Columbus
KennedyJohnSS 18Macon
KirkGreg Americus
KnightDavidSH 130Griffin
PowellJaySH 171Camilla
PruettJimmySH 149Eastman
PullinKennethSH 131Zebulon
RobertsonRandy Cataula
RyndersEdSH 152Albany
SimsFreddieSS 12Dawson
SmithRichardSH 134Columbus
SmithVanceSH 133Pine Mountain
SmyreCalvinSH 135Columbus
TaylorDarleneSH 173Thomasville
ThompsonBruceSS 14White
TrammellRobertSH 132Luthersville
WatsonSamSH 172Moultrie
WilliamsNoelSH 148Cordele


Congressman Bishop is a leader among the fiscally responsible Democrats in Congress. He believes that the most important way the nation can reduce the federal budget deficit and grow the economy is to get Americans back to work. He endorsed legislation to increase small business lending, extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to provide tax relief to Americans at all income levels while the economy recovers, eliminate the burdensome estate tax, and close tax loopholes that send American jobs overseas. In order to restore the nation's economic security, Congressman Bishop has supported a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment; legislation to require any new spending by Congress to be offset by spending cuts and/or enhancing revenues; caps on discretionary spending; and reforming defense procurement and weapons acquisition.

Since 2003, Congressman Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations. At the start of the 116th Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves as a senior member of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Bishop has worked to ensure that the Second Congressional District gets its fair share of federal dollars to create and maintain jobs, rebuild its infrastructure, strengthen its schools, bridge the digital divide, fund innovative agriculture research, promote national security, and develop communities. Prior to 2003, Congressman Bishop served on the House Committee on Agriculture; the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service; and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman Bishop has spearheaded a wide range of initiatives that benefit the Second Congressional District. He has introduced the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, which would permit retired service members who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50% to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation. In the 112th Congress, he was the lead House sponsor of the Hiring Heroes Act, which improves programs helping individuals make the transition from service member to civilian employee. The measure was signed into law in November 2011 (P.L. 112-56). In the 111th Congress (2009-2010), Congressman Bishop successfully fought to prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation from banning peanuts on airlines. He also helped over 700 military spouses at Fort Benning keep their career advancement tuition assistance. In addition, Congressman Bishop was instrumental in securing estate tax relief. In 2009, he successfully fought for House passage of legislation to expand the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia. He also worked to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity among the nation's youth considering military service.

Congressman Bishop promotes the values and morals of Southwest Georgians - "God, country, work, family, and guns." He has co-sponsored amendments to the U.S. Constitution protecting the U.S. flag against acts of desecration; ensuring a balanced federal budget; and allowing voluntary, non-denominational prayer in schools and other public places. He also supports the Second Amendment, receiving the grade of "A+" from the National Rifle Association.

Congressman Bishop has pushed through many other initiatives of special concern to the Second District, including legislation to name the new U.S. Courthouse in Albany for civil rights leader C.B. King and legislation to rename the main post office in Albany for Dr. Walter Carl Gordon, Jr. He has supported bills to expand and improve the Andersonville Historic Site, as well as efforts to sustain and build new structures at the Second District's military installations, including Fort Benning and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany. He supported the minting of a commemorative coin honoring the United States Army Infantry, and helped fund the construction of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Finally, he has secured more than a billion dollars in federal grants and loans for communities throughout the Second District, making the area one of the nation's leaders in qualifying for federal community development funding.

Bishop was born February 4, 1947, in Mobile, Alabama, and is the son of the late Dr. Sanford D. Bishop, Sr., the first president of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama, and Mrs. Minnie S. Bishop, a librarian. He is married to the Honorable Vivian Creighton Bishop, who serves as the elected Clerk of the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia (court administrator). They have a daughter, Aayesha J. Reese, and a granddaughter, Londyn.

Bishop graduated with his bachelors from Morehouse College in 1968 and with his law degree from Emory University Law School in 1971. In addition to these degrees, Morehouse awarded Bishop an honorary doctor of laws in 2010. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and successfully completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then enrolled in Advanced Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) training and later received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. He resided in Columbus, Georgia from 1972 to 1996, where he was the primary partner in the law firm of Bishop and Buckner, P.C. He is an Eagle Scout, a 33rd Degree Mason (PHA), a member of the Order of St. John, and a Shriner. He is a resident of Albany, Georgia, where he is a Deacon and Trustee of the Mount Zion Baptist Church.