Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Our Communities

AGRICULTURE: Georgia’s farmers, ranchers, and producers are the backbone of our state’s most important industry: agriculture. As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Peanut Caucus, I am a staunch supporter of the agricultural community in Georgia's Second Congressional District and the entire nation. I support assistance to farmers affected by drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters that occur each year. In addition, I have worked to ensure that the peanut support program remained strong in the 2014 Farm Bill; strengthen our nation's nutrition programs; reform the H2-A program for non-immigrant agricultural workers; bolster child nutrition programs in our nation’s schools; prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing burdensome regulations on agriculture; ensure that Mexican tomatoes and chicken do not drive down the prices of U.S.-produced tomatoes and chicken due to illegal dumping; and advance agricultural research, food safety initiatives, and broadband services to rural communities.

EDUCATION: 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.

HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: It is vital that individuals and families have access to the American Dream – namely, homeownership.  I support legislation to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, stop predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices, increase the supply of affordable housing, expand veteran and rural housing opportunities, promote fair housing education and enforcement activities, and finance community development initiatives.

TRANSPORTATION: Investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure will create millions of jobs and boost economic activity.  I will continue to fight for Georgia’s Second Congressional District to receive its fair share of funding to improve its highways, roads, and bridges.  I support more highway-related construction jobs, reduced gasoline prices, and the increased use of biofuels.  I also support efforts to make our roads safer, increase fuel efficiency, and create an Infrastructure Bank to finance much needed investments in our nation’s roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, airports, railways, ports, broadband, and power grids.  

IMMIGRATION: It is vital that immigration reform is addressed to secure our borders, protect our workers, and grow the nation’s economy.  Immigration reform must include provisions that strengthen border security by increasing manpower, utilizing new technology and fencing, and providing the tools, resources, and infrastructure necessary to enforce existing immigration laws and punish offenders.  In addition, it is vital that immigration reform ensures the needs of various economic sectors such as agriculture that depend on guest workers to fill labor shortages are significant.  I have supported the DREAM Act, which would permit certain immigrant students who grow up in the United States to apply for temporary legal status and to eventually obtain permanent legal status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship, if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military.

More on Our Communities

May 4, 2017 Press Release
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.”
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 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) authored a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the ongoing hydrilla infestation in Lake Seminole.
Apr 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released the following statement congratulating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by a Senate vote of 87 to 11: 

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 18, 2017 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning the passing yesterday of former Congressman Dawson Mathis.
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."
Apr 14, 2017 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Columbus, GA on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Town Hall will provide a forum for the discussion of current policy issues being debated in Congress.
The event will take place in the auditorium of the Columbus Public Library.
Columbus Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Columbus Public Library Auditorium
3000 Macon Rd.
Apr 3, 2017 Press Release
DONALSONVILLE, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) will hold a Lake Seminole Hydrilla Town Hall Meeting in Donalsonville, GA on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00pm. Congressman Bishop will be joined by Colonel James DeLapp, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District, who will provide the community with an update on the Army Corps’ plan to address Hydrilla growth this season and beyond.
The event will take place at the Seminole County Courthouse.
Mar 14, 2017 Op Ed

The definition of Rural America is as diverse as its population. These nonmetropolitan pockets are inhabited by fewer than 2,500, but no more than 49,999, people in unincorporated areas.[1] In July 2015, 46.2 million of Americans resided in rural counties, representing 14% of U.S. residents. In 2014, while the U.S.