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.
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 Bishop for unstated reasons based on an unpublished February 2020 referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics.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|Jun. 16, 2020||House Committee on Ethics continue an investigation based on an unpublished February 2020 referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics|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.|
Read our 2020 Report Card for Bishop.
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
Sanford Bishop Jr. sits on the following committees:
Bishop was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5472 (116th): Jimmy Carter National Historical Park Redesignation Act
- H.R. 7610 (116th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021
- H.R. 3164 (116th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
- H.R. 265 (116th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
- H.R. 6719 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 12th Street Lobby in Columbus, Georgia, as the “Richard W. Williams Chapter of the ...
- H.R. 1941 (112th): Hiring Heroes Act of 2011
- H.R. 6859 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1501 South Slappey Boulevard in Albany, Georgia, as the “Dr. Walter Carl Gordon, Jr. Post ...
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).
Bishop sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Bishop’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4356: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022
- H.R. 3475: To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Columbus, Georgia, ...
- H.Res. 271: Recognizing the importance of the blueberry industry to the United States and supporting ...
- H.R. 2080: SAVE Act of 2021
- H.R. 333: Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
- H.Res. 1054 (116th): Expressing the profound sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death ...
- H.R. 7610 (116th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, ...
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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