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Rep. Sanford Bishop (D)

Sanford Bishop Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3631

Address: 2429 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (229) 439-8067

Address: 235 Roosevelt Avenue, Albany GA 31701-5132

Columbus GA

Phone: (706) 320-9477

Fax: (706) 320-9479

Address: 18 Ninth Street, Columbus GA 31901-2778

Macon GA

Phone: (478) 803-2631

Fax: (478) 803-2637

Address: 682 Cherry Street, Macon GA 31201-2634

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Pickel, Toni
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Johnson, Julian
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Pickel, Toni
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Johnson, Julian
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Halpern, Jonathan
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Johnson, Julian
Office Manager; Legislative Assistant
Halpern, Jonathan
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Johnson, Julian
Office Manager; Legislative Assistant
Pickel, Toni
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Crawford, Harry
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Cutts, Kenneth
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Rosales, Adilene
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Crawford, Harry
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Constituent Services Representative; Office Manager
Bryant, Michael
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Constituent Services Representative
Sands, Michelle
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Sanford Bishop Biography
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  • Elected: 1992, 11th term.
  • District: Georgia 2
  • Born: Feb. 04, 1947, Mobile, AL
  • Home: Albany
  • Education:

    Morehouse Col., B.A. 1968, Emory U., J.D. 1971

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1971–92.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1970–71.

  • Political Career:

    GA House, 1976–90; GA Senate, 1990–92.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Vivian Creighton Bishop); 1 children

Sanford Bishop, a Democrat first elected in 1992, calls himself a “traditionalist” on cultural issues, and his voting record is among the most conservative in the Congressional Black Caucus. Read More

Sanford Bishop, a Democrat first elected in 1992, calls himself a “traditionalist” on cultural issues, and his voting record is among the most conservative in the Congressional Black Caucus.

Bishop grew up in Mobile, Ala., where his father was a college president. He went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was student body president in 1968 and sang at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. “I resolved, after his death, that I would try to follow in his footsteps,” he told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer years later. He went to Emory Law School then served in the Army. After a year in New York, he settled in Columbus to practice law. He was elected to the state legislature in 1976 at age 29. He served there until 1990, when he was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1992, he ran for the U.S. House against Democratic Rep. Charles Hatcher, who, with more than 800 check overdrafts, was tarred by the House bank scandal that year. Bishop defeated Hatcher in the runoff 53%-47% and won the general election 64%-36%.

Bishop joined the conservative Blue Dog Democrats and over the years has supported a balanced budget, school prayer, a ban on flag burning and a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage. He refused to back liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California for Democratic leader after their party lost control of the House in 2010, saying that having her at the helm would make it difficult to recruit candidates in the South and Republican-leaning states. But he strongly backed the health care overhaul law, which she and President Barack Obama pushed through Congress, describing it in 2012 as “a piece of legislation whose time has come. People should not have to choose between going to the grocery store and getting their medicine.” In January 2013, Bishop joined the “Problem Solvers” coalition of lawmakers who agreed to meet monthly to promote bipartisanship.

With a seat on the Appropriations Committee since 2003, Bishop has worked to safeguard and deliver funds to the district’s military facilities. He also looks out for Georgia’s peanut farmers. He worked with the Republican House majority in 1996 on the Freedom to Farm Act to fashion a “market-oriented, no-net cost” program for peanuts. In 2002, he helped to craft the scaled-back program for peanut support, which was based on phasing out quotas and price guarantees. On the 2008 farm bill, he helped design the peanut-rotation program, which he said encourages “a cleaner, greener method of planting while ensuring an affordable and accessible supply to the markets that rely on U.S.-grown peanuts.”

After the Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Bishop was considered for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee, but it ultimately went to Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas. Instead, Bishop gained seats on the constituent-friendly Agriculture, Defense, and Military Construction subcommittees at Appropriations.In 2008, he won passage of an amendment to the defense spending bill that provided 180 days of health care for military members who transition from active to reserve status. He introduced a bill in January 2011 to change a law preventing many disabled veterans from receiving full retirement pay and disability compensation; it drew more than 160 cosponsors.

Bishop faced serious reelection competition in 2000 from Dylan Glenn, a former aide to George H.W. Bush. The contest between two African-Americans in a rural, then majority-white district was unprecedented, but race was not an issue in the campaign. Bishop largely ignored the challenger and ran on his record, while Glenn offered the perspective of a new generation focusing on economic growth. Bishop won 54%-46%. Bishop contemplated a run in 2008 against GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss but decided to stay in the House, where his seniority gave him growing influence.

Then in 2010, Bishop found himself in the race of his life when Republicans targeted him for what they called excessive fealty to Pelosi. His opponent was Mike Keown, a white state representative who highlighted Bishop’s support of the Democrats’ health care overhaul. In the year’s anti-incumbent climate, Keown also got a strong boost from news reports that Black Caucus Foundation scholarships had gone to Bishop’s stepdaughter and his wife’s niece. Bishop said the scholarships were awarded before rules barring such awards were enacted.

He attacked Keown for lacking much of a political record and got a break of his own when a strategist for Keown was indicted in a vote-buying case in Alabama. Their battle went down to the wire, and Bishop prevailed with just 51% to Keown’s 49%.

Bishop got a break from Republican-led redistricting in 2012. State Republicans realized that protecting Bishop would help neighboring GOP Rep. Austin Scott and so turned Bishop’s seat into an African-American majority district by adding Macon to it. He won with 64% of the vote in the 2012 election.

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Sanford Bishop Election Results
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2012 General
Sanford Bishop (D)
Votes: 162,751
Percent: 63.78%
John House (R)
Votes: 92,410
Percent: 36.22%
2012 Primary
Sanford Bishop (D)
Votes: 68,981
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%), 2008 (69%), 2006 (68%), 2004 (67%), 2002 (100%), 2000 (54%), 1998 (57%), 1996 (54%), 1994 (66%), 1992 (64%)
Sanford Bishop Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 57 (L) : 43 (C) 60 (L) : 40 (C) 59 (L) : 41 (C)
Social 69 (L) : 28 (C) 62 (L) : 38 (C) 60 (L) : 40 (C)
Foreign 60 (L) : 40 (C) 59 (L) : 41 (C) 62 (L) : 37 (C)
Composite 62.5 (L) : 37.5 (C) 60.3 (L) : 39.7 (C) 60.5 (L) : 39.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1033
LCV5443
CFG1129
ITIC-73
NTU2324
20112012
COC60-
ACLU-46
ACU1732
ADA5545
AFSCME86-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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