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ENG: Sanford Dixon Bishop Jr. (born February 4, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the southwestern part of the state and includes Albany, Thomasville and most of Columbus. Early life, career, and family Bishop was born in Mobile, Alabama to Minnie B. Slade and Sanford Dixon Bishop, who was the first president of Bishop State Community College. He was educated at Morehouse College and Emory University School of Law, and served in the United States Army, entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps. While at Morehouse, he was a classmate of Herman Cain. After receiving his honorable discharge, Bishop operated a law firm in Columbus, Georgia, and was elected ...
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Bishop Receives Patriot Award

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was presented with the Patriot Award from the Georgia Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (GA ESGR). The award recognizes employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. During the award presentation ceremony, Congressman Bishop received a Department of Defense Patriot Award Certificate and a Patriot lapel pin. Congressman Bishop was nominated for the Patriot Award by Captain Michael Bryant of the National Guard. Captain Bryant is an employee of the Office of U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02). "I am honored ...

Blue Dog Congressman Bishop Knew About Pigford Fraud

While I was conducting a video interview with a Georgia farmer named Eddie Slaughter a couple of weeks ago, he made a surprising and stunning allegation: that he had told his congressman about fraud in the multibillion dollar Pigford v. Glickman settlement and that the congressman responded by telling him that an investigation into Pigford would "shut it down." Mr. Slaughter's congressman -- a man you may not have heard much about despite his nearly two decades as a Blue Dog Democrat and Congressional Black Caucus member -- is Sanford Bishop. I followed up with Mr. Slaughter and I asked him ...

Bishop earns dishonorable mention in most corrupted report

Common sense should dictate that steering scholarship money intended for needy kids to your family and friends isn’t the most ethical thing to do. Nevertheless, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) handed out scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) to his relatives and others with ties to him and his wife. It’s no wonder he’s earned himself a dishonorable mention from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report. “There are certainly plenty of worthy kids in Georgia’s 2nd ...

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, delivered the following opening statement earlier today during the subcommittee’s hearing on the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   Video and background on the subcommittee hearing can be found here. Below is Congressman Bishop’s full statement as prepared:   Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome Mr. Secretary, Mr. Young, and Dr. Johansson.   Mr. Chairman, I am especially pleased to be here today as we have our subcommittee’s first hearing following the Budget Request released by the Administration yesterday.   It also gives me great pleasure to welcome to the committee my friend of longstanding from Georgia, Secretary Sonny Perdue. Having worked with the Secretary in his various capacities as a State Senator, a constituent of Houston county, and Governor of Georgia, I know firsthand of his professionalism and passion for
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning the release earlier today of President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request:   “Budgets reflect values. They reflect a prioritization of scarce resources, and are a signal of what an administration does and does not care about.   “In today’s dangerous world, the President’s FY18 Budget Request shows the administration rightfully values our national defense and military readiness. However, it is a mistake to simply support our national defense at the expense of our country’s non-defense programs and agencies. Our non-defense programs directly support our nation’s economic and social vibrancy. They support the health, education, and nutrition of our citizens, and our service members. If we do not invest in the non-defense side of the budget, our nation will be weaker, and our military less able to do its job.   “Unfortunately, instead of making A
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today in recognition of this upcoming Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017:   “This Memorial Day, I am humbled as I reflect and remember all those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation. We are grateful to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Although we can never truly repay the debt we owe to them and their families, today we can take a pause from our daily routines and demonstrate our thankfulness for their sacrifice.   “While we take time today to remember the fallen, let us extend our thoughts and prayers to the brave and courageous military members selflessly serving today. We wish you and your families a very safe Memorial Day.”  
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is encouraged by yesterday’s announcement by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Department of Defense (DoD).   “I have advocated for fully interoperable health records between the VA and Department of Defense for over a decade and am pleased by Secretary Shulkin’s decision to implement the same platform at the VA as currently used by DoD,” said Congressman Bishop. “This decision should ensure interoperability between the two departments and help provide a seamless transfer of medical information when service members transition to veteran status. I look forward to working with the VA to ensure this implementation occurs in a swift and successful manner.”   Further background on the Secretary Shulkin’s announcement can be found here.    

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