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Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr.

Representative for Georgia’s 2nd District

pronounced SAN-furd // BISH-up

Bishop is the representative for Georgia’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Bishop is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Bishop has cosponsored 17 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In June 2020, the House Committee on Ethics announced it would continue an investigation into Rep. Bishop for unstated reasons based on an unpublished February 2020 referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics. On July 31, the House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) Report and Findings and the member's response. The OCE reported that the allegations were of spending Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) funds on holiday events in his district and converting campaign funds to personal use

Jun. 16, 2020 House Committee on Ethics continue an investigation based on an unpublished February 2020 referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics
Jul. 31, 2020 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Photo of Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Bishop.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bishop is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bishop has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 96% Human Rights Campaign: 87% United States Chamber of Commerce: 82% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B League of Conservation Voters: 53% The Club for Growth: 13%

Committee Membership

Sanford Bishop Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bishop was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 12 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bishop sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (39%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Agriculture and Food (17%) Health (11%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bishop’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bishop voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for ...

Bishop voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Bishop voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Bishop voted Aye

Bishop voted Aye

Bishop voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jul 2021, Bishop missed 695 of 18,342 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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