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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 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, in accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, sent a letter this week designating 83 counties within the State of Georgia as primary disaster areas due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma.   This primary designation includes Baker, Clay, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Grady, Lee, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Peach, Randolph, Seminole, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Taylor, Terrell, and Webster counties within the Second Congressional District of Georgia. Additionally, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Dougherty, Early, Quitman, Talbot counties were designated as contiguous disaster counties.   “On behalf of Middle and Southwest Georgia’s agriculture community, I am grateful that USDA has appropriately responded to our plight,” said Congressman Sanford Bishop. “Having access to programs and available resources will help our growers repair and rebuild their operations stronger following dam
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 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) role in current disaster recovery efforts.   Video and background on the subcommittee hearing can be found here. Hearing witnesses included: Mr. Rob Johansson, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the USDA Mr. Leonard Jordon, Acting Chief for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Mr. Steve Peterson, Acting Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency Below is Congressman Bishop’s full statement as prepared:   Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome Mr. Johansson, Mr. Jordan, and Mr. Peterson. We all appreciate your being here today.   Mr. Chairman, I am very pleased we are having a hearing on USDA’s role in this country’s recovery efforts, which will
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning his vote in opposition to the House’s misguided tax legislation, which would saddle the nation with crippling debt and provide little to no tax relief for thousands of residents of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The bill was approved yesterday by the full House of Representatives in a vote of 227 to 205.   “I could not in good conscience vote in support of the tax reform legislation considered yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Tax reform must make our tax code more equitable, less complex, and not significantly add to the budget deficit. Unfortunately, the tax legislation approved by the House yesterday does not fulfill these requirements. It would shift the tax burden from wealthy taxpayers to middle income families by increasing taxes for 36 million middle income households.   “The House legislation would lower or eliminate many tax credits and
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted in support of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2018, which would provide $700 billion for our national defense. The legislation contains provisions that would increase the current active troop level by more than 16,000. The bill also includes a 2.4% pay raise for all military personnel.   “This legislation ensures that our military remains vibrant and strong,” said Congressman Bishop. “As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, I am particularly pleased that the legislation authorizes $10.7 billion for construction within the Department of Defense to strengthen our military infrastructure both home and abroad.”   The measure also prohibits the Defense Secretary from reducing the basic allowance for housing and authorizes the Department to reimburse a service member up to $500 for a spouse's expenses related to obtai

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