Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer, presented Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) with the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. The medal was awarded to the Congressman for his work on the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which among many other provisions included full funding for military family housing construction. This honor is the highest form of recognition that can be given by the Secretary of the Army to civilians.

The Distinguished Civilian Service Award reflects extraordinary devotion to duty and extraordinary contributions to the effectiveness and efficiency of Department of the Army operations and the economy. To receive this award is considered extremely prestigious within the Department of the Army. 

“It is with great humility that I receive this award,” said Congressman Bishop. “I thank our service members and their families who have served and continue to serve our country. I have worked hard to ensure our Army personnel are provided the resources they need. However, they are the ones that tirelessly carryout the mission day-in and day-out, and it is important that we never forget or overlook their commitment and sacrifice in defense of our nation.”

"This award represents my appreciation for Representative Bishop's work in support of the Army and its Soldiers, Civilians and their Families,” said Acting Army Secretary Speer. “His efforts within the House Appropriations Subcommittee for MILCON/VA in support of the Army, will have lasting positive impact on the Army and its Soldiers. I am grateful for his friendship and steadfast support. I am confident he will continue to be a strong advocate for the U.S. Army and its Soldiers, Civilians, and Families."

Congressman Bishop is a longstanding defender of the nation’s armed services, and a strong supporter of the nine military facilities and bases located in Georgia, including Fort Benning, the Marine Corps Logistics Base, and Robins Air Force Base. He has worked to support service members and veterans, as well as the nation’s military construction needs, as a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Constriction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies, and he previously served as the subcommittee’s Ranking Member during the 111th through 114th Congresses.

Congressman Bishop also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus. Earlier in his congressional career, Congressman Bishop also served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Full text of the award certificate can be found below:






for distinguished service as a member of the United States House of Representatives and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs during the 114th Congress. Representative Bishop was a tireless public servant advancing congressional support for funding the Army to meet the rapidly evolving threats to our national security and ensuring Soldiers have what they need to succeed. His unwavering support to Army priorities was critical to the Army receiving the necessary resources to support combat, sustain the all-volunteer force, and improve the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians, and Families. Representative Bishop’s focus on supporting the needs of our Soldiers and their Families specifically regarding improving their overall quality of life was integral to the Committee’s support for ensuring these needs were resourced by the Committee. His proven leadership, advice, and extraordinary insight into legislative matters produced a record of notable accomplishments that helped to make the Army stronger and more resilient. Representative Bishop’s distinctive accomplishments and unwavering commitment reflect great credit upon him, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States of America.


Washington, DC                                                       SECRETARY OF THE ARMY