Sanford (Sanford) D. Bishop, Jr. (D-02)

US Representative Sanford Bishop

Sanford (Sanford) D. Bishop, Jr. (D-02)
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United States House of Representatives
Room 2407 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-1002
300 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201-2634
Residence:Albany, GA

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
FC MemberBlue Dog Coalition
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
Co-ChairJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Scouting Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Chicken Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Peanut Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Working Forests Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional AbilityOne Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional FinTech and Payments Caucus
FC MemberPurple Heart Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Jazz Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hidden Heroes Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberHouse Beef Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fragrance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture


Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia's Second Congressional District, which covers 29 middle and southwest Georgia counties- Bibb (in part), Baker, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee (in part), Peach, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Terrell, and Webster. The middle and southwest Georgia legislator seeks to use the legislative process to create a higher, better quality of life for all citizens by promoting jobs and a stronger, more diversified economy, better education, safe and secure communities, a clean environment, affordable and accessible health care, sustainable agriculture, energy independence, and a strong national defense -- all within the context of a balanced budget. LEGISLATIVE RECORD 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. 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 has pushed through many other initiatives of special concern to the Second District, including legislation to name the 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 well over 10 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 and rural development funding. PERSONAL BACKGROUND 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 the late 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 from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971. 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), and a Shriner. He is a resident of Albany, Georgia, where he is a Deacon and Trustee of the Mount Zion Baptist Church.

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