Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in education always pays the best dividends.” I have worked tirelessly to make our nation’s schools and universities accessible and affordable. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have secured millions of dollars for education programs, including new schools and libraries, after-school programs, math and science initiatives, school nutrition and physical education programs, as well as family counseling and youth mentoring. I strongly support legislation to make vital investments to modernize, upgrade, and repair school facilities across the country and to encourage service and volunteer opportunities for all Americans. I believe we must make education a top priority by bridging the digital divide, promoting healthier school lunches, enhancing educational opportunities for veterans, encouraging colleges to rein in tuition increases, boosting college aid, strengthening programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and reinvigorating the Head Start program to help more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

More on Education

May 3, 2017 Press Release
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.
Apr 19, 2017 Press Release
Throughout my career in Congress I have maintained a reputation for working across the aisle to craft and enact sensible policies and sensible budgets on a bipartisan basis. My only litmus test has been whether a particular bill, budget, resolution, or other action will improve the lives of the hard working people of the Second Congressional District of Georgia. This principle has guided my actions since I was elected to Congress 24 years ago.
Apr 17, 2017 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) invited high school students from Middle and Southwest Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District to participate in the 36th Annual Congressional Art Competition. 
"The 2017 Congressional Art Competition has begun, and we look forward to receiving entries from students in the 2nd Congressional District," said Congressman Bishop. "This competition allows Congress to recognize the tremendous artistic talents of our young constituents."
Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr (GA-02) released the following statement celebrating Black History Month and congratulating Morehouse College for 150 years of cultivating African American Leadership:

“This Black History Month, I want to take time to recognize and congratulate my alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on its sesquicentennial anniversary. For 150 years, Morehouse has educated, trained, and cultivated African American leaders.

Sep 23, 2016 Press Release

Columbus, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) congratulates Columbus State University on its $1.25 million Museum Alliance grant award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Columbus State University received the grant in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Museum of Aviation Education Center in Warner Robins, and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Sep 14, 2016 Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), is pleased to announce that Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA has been awarded $30,590 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will be used to broaden and support participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs for underrepresented minority undergraduate students.

Aug 18, 2016 Press Release

SPOKANE, WA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC) and Ranking Member of the U.S.

Apr 8, 2016 Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition at a ceremony held at the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia. This year’s first place was earned by the work of Alexa Martinez from Rutland High School in Macon, Georgia.  Her winning piece of artwork was created with colored pencils on cardboard and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year for thousands of visitors, Members of Congress, and staff to appreciate.

Apr 5, 2016 Press Release

ALBANY, GA – On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 4:00pm Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) will announce the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition during a reception at the Albany Museum of Art. Places include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, runners up, and the inaugural People’s Choice Award. The reception is open to the public and will feature artwork from all participants in the 2016 competition.

Apr 1, 2016 Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Albany State University (ASU) a $649,926 grant for the Cohort Community for Academic Achievement Persistence and Perseverance in STEM Scholars Program, increasing the number of students who major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at Albany State University and go on to successfully pursue STEM post-graduate education or research careers.