Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is my honor and pleasure to
extend my personal congratulations and best wishes to a dear friend of
longstanding and servant of humankind, The Honorable Judge William C.
Randall, Chief Judge of the Civil and Magistrate Courts of Macon-Bibb
County, Georgia. Judge Randall was honored in a retirement ceremony on
Friday, January 4, 2019, at 5:00 pm at the Terminal Station in Macon,
Judge Randall was born on October 14, 1943, in Macon, Georgia to the
union of the late William P. and Lillian Randall. He is a product of
the Bibb County Public School System, where he attended L.H. Williams
Elementary School and Peter G. Appling High School. He went on to
receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan State University and
his Juris Doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law.
Following his graduation from law school, Judge Randall was an Earl
Warren fellow with the NACCP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. in New York City.
After which, he returned to his hometown of Macon and established a
very successful law practice.
In 1974, Judge Randall was elected from Bibb County to the Georgia
House of Representatives, where he served until 1999. During his 24
years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, he served on several
committees, but most notably rose to become Chairman of the House
Special Judiciary Committee.
He received several awards including the Outstanding Legislative
Award by the Concerned Citizens League of Macon; the Outstanding
Legislative Award from the Afro-American Law Enforcement League of
Macon; the Outstanding Legislative Award from the Bibb Association of
Educators; the Legislator of the Year Award by the Georgia Association
for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse; and the Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Inc.
In 1999, he was appointed by Georgia Governor Roy Barnes to be Chief
Judge of the Civil and Magistrate Courts of Bibb County.
In addition to Judge Randall's legislative service, he is also a
member of the Macon Bar Association; the State Bar of Georgia; The
National Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the American
Judicial Association; and the Executive Committee of the Magistrate
Judges Council. Judge Randall is also a member of the Prince Hall
Masons; the Elks; and the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP).
After his retirement, Judge Randall is planning to spend quality time
with his wife, Lauretta; his five children; and his 11 grandchildren.
He has accomplished much in his life, but none of it would have been
possible without the love and support of the family he cherishes so
On a personal note, I would like to thank Judge Randall for his
friendship, advice, counsel, and support over the years. We were
schoolmates at Emory Law School, shared the Earl Warren Legal
Fellowship experience together and as a young lawyer, he assisted me by
allowing me to work out of his Macon office when I had cases and trials
in Bibb County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Georgia. I served under him in the Georgia House
when he chaired the House Special Judiciary Committee. When I ran for
Congress, his early support was pivotal in my gaining nomination and
election as Congressman from the Second Congressional District. He and
his family provided countless Sunday dinners during my weekend visits
to Bibb County.
A true Georgian devoted to serving his great state, Judge Randall
embodies Georgia's state motto, ``Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.''
Judge Randall is a man of great integrity who sets a high standard for
himself and for others.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 constituents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District in extending our sincerest appreciation and best
wishes to The Honorable Judge William C. Randall upon the occasion of
his retirement.
116th Congress