Sanford Bishop

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Sanford Bishop ()
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Sanford Dixon Bishop Jr., a Democrat, has represented the 2nd District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Bishop voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Bishop was born February 4, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama, was educated at Morehouse College and Emory University, served in the United States Army, and was a lawyer and member of the Georgia House of Representatives and of the Georgia Senate before entering the House.

Bishop is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Arguably the most conservative African-American Democrat in Congress, Bishop is a member of the Blue Dog Democrats, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats in Congress whose goal is to move the Democratic party further to the right.

"Serving as a member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, Congressman Bishop has emerged as a leader among the fiscally moderate-to-conservative Democrats in Congress, championing policies in support of a strong defense, a sound infrastructure, and an efficient and secure social safety net, as well as tax relief that does not burden future generations. Congressman Bishop has authored and sponsored a wide range of bills, including the recent Farm bill and the Healthy Troops Act, which, if enacted, would ensure that all U.S. service members receive a "hands-on" physical both before and after they are deployed to combat."[1]

He has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, given to Eagle Scouts for career achievement.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Bradley Curtis Hughes to face Bishop in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Bishop retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Georgia superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Sanford Bishop, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Southern Co$ 11,500
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer$ 11,300
Synovus Financial Corp$ 11,250
AFLAC Inc$ 11,000
United Parcel Service$ 11,000
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Peanut Shellers Assn$ 10,000
AT&T Inc$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Sanford Bishop
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Coalitions and Caucuses


DC office
  • 2429 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3631 Fax: 202-225-2203
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District offices
  • Albany Towers, Suite 114, 235 Roosevelt Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
    Ph: 229-439-8067 Fax: (none entered)
  • 18 Ninth Street, Suite 201, Columbus, GA 31901
    Ph: 706-320-9477 Fax: (none entered)
  • 101 South Main Street, Dawson, GA 31742
    Ph: 229-995-3991 Fax: (none entered)
  • Federal Building, Room 255, 401 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31601
    Ph: 229-247-9705 Fax: (none entered)
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Articles and resources


  1. ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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