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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 – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement concerning his vote against the misguided legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which passed the full U.S. House of Representatives yesterday in a vote of 217 to 213:   “I strongly opposed the House passage of the healthcare legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This bill jeopardizes the healthcare of Americans across the country. If this legislation is also approved by the Senate and signed into law, it is anticipated that 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance. This bill eliminates guaranteed coverage for essential health benefits, including emergency room care, prescription drug coverage, preventative care and chronic disease management, ambulatory patient services, inpatient hospitalization, newborn and maternity care, pediatric care, mental health care and addiction services, lab services, as well as rehabilitation services. The
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the death of Clay County native, 1st Lieutenant Weston Lee, who died Saturday while serving in Iraq.   “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of 1st Lieutenant Weston Lee,” said Congressman Bishop. “He served our country as an Army Ranger and an officer and paid the ultimate sacrifice. On behalf of all Americans, I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and our deepest gratitude for his service and sacrifice.”  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy unveiled their most recent update to the annual Bipartisan Index, ranking Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) as the 16th most likely U.S. Representatives to work across party lines during the 114th Congress. The Index is a non-partisan tool, ranking all 535 members of Congress on their willingness to reach across the aisle by evaluating legislation sponsorship and co-sponsorship data. “It is an honor to be recognized on the Bipartisan Index, and I thank the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy for recognizing the importance of bipartisan cooperation,” said Congressman Bishop. “If we are to serve our districts effectively, we must be willing to work across the aisle. We must focus on our common goals, instead of our narrow divisions. And we must recognize that solving the difficult issues facing our country will require a col
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding his support of the bipartisan Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations government spending bill. The bill was approved today by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 309 to 118.   “Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives came together in a bipartisan manner to pass an Omnibus funding bill to avoid a government shutdown, an outcome that would have been damaging to communities and families across the country. This Omnibus legislation includes necessary funding for the defense and non-defense needs of our country.   “The Omnibus includes $400 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for disaster assistance. It increases funding for early childhood education, and on the other end, provides

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