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Congressman Sanford Bishop Seeks Reelection in Georgia’s Second Congressional District

by Amanda Smith

Georgia Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is seeking an 11th term in the US House of Representatives, representing 29 of the state's middle and southwestern counties. He faces opposition in the race by Republican Army veteran John House. The general election will be held on November 6, 2012. Redistricting maps approved last summer by the Georgia General Assembly placed Bishop in the largest portion of Bibb County, an area that is two-thirds black and historically votes two-thirds Democratic.

"This year's election is pivotal for the direction our country will go in moving forward," Congressman Bishop said. "The presidential election is important, but it's also essential that the members elected to congress be willing to sit down at the table to work with each other and with the president to get things done. As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, I have always demonstrated my willingness to work with my colleagues, no matter their party affiliation, in the best interest of those I represent."

Bishop, who lives in Albany, Georgia, was first elected to Congress in 1992 after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 and in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992. Since 2003, Congressman Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations. 

At the start of the 112th Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and is Co-Chair of the House Congressional Military Family Caucus. He also serves on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. 

"Seniority is key within these committees in terms of being able to get things done," said Congressman Bishop. "My ability to serve the people of the second congressional district is enhanced by my tenure in the House of Representatives."

As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Bishop has worked to ensure that the Second Congressional District gets its fair share of federal dollars to create and maintain jobs, rebuild its infrastructure, strengthen its schools, bridge the digital divide, fund innovative agriculture research, promote national security, and develop communities. 

Agriculture represents more than $65 billion annually in the Georgia economy, and Congressman Bishop works to make sure that farmers, ranchers and producers have an economic environment in which their industries can thrive. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Peanut Caucus, he successfully fought to prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation from banning peanuts on airlines. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Chicken Caucus. The work of the Caucus helped to halt unfair Mexican taxes on imported chicken from the U.S., which would have had a negative impact on the chicken industry.

Congressman Bishop devotes much of his service to the needs of the many soldiers, military families, and veterans within the second district. He authored and fought for passage of the Hiring Heroes Act, which ensures provisions for all service members transitioning to civilian life to receive job-training skills that will help them find substantial employment. He has introduced the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, which would help ensure the financial stability of retired service members with service-connected disabilities. He also helped over 700 military spouses at Fort Benning keep their career advancement tuition assistance. 

In addition, Congressman Bishop was instrumental in securing estate tax relief. In 2009, he successfully pushed for House passage of legislation to expand the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia.  He also worked to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity among the nation's youth considering military service.

Congressman Bishop stated that he would like to continue working for the people of the second congressional district. "I want to continue to use the legislative process in order to improve the quality of life for the people in our communities through more jobs; a stronger economy; better education; safe communities; a clean environment; affordable, accessible healthcare; and a strong national defense -- all in the context of a balanced budget," he said.


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