PGI logo cropped.png
Congressional Millionaire’s Club
The Personal Gain Index shines a light on how members of Congress benefit during their tenure.





Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 11:34, 1 July 2013 by Jennifer S (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr
Sanford D. Bishop Jr.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles Floyd Hatcher (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,909,947
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
1977-1990
Georgia State Senate
1991-1992
Education
Bachelor'sMorehouse College
J.D.Emory University School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1971
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 4, 1947
Place of birthMobile, Alabama
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$40,501
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sanford Dixon Bishop Jr. (b. February 4, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bishop was elected by voters from Georgia's 2nd congressional district.

Bishop ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 2nd District. He was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992.[3]

He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 and the Georgia State Senate from 1991 to 1992.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bishop is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Bishop was born February 4, 1947, in Mobile, Alabama. Bishop graduated from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army, completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, entered Advanced Reserve Officers Training, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. He resided in Columbus, Georgia from 1972 to 1996, where he was the primary partner in the law firm of Bishop and Buckner, P.C. [3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bishop serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Ranking member

2011-2012

  • Committee on Appropriations[5]
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Georgia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Bishop ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 2nd District. He sought re-election on the Democratic ticket. Rick Allen and John House ran on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, and the primary took place on July 31, 2012. Bishop ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bishop then won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[8] Bishop ranked 4th on the list, and neighboring incumbent Austin Scott ranked 5th on the list.[8] The article notes that in the redistricting process, controlled by a Republican legislature, many African Americans voters were moved from Scott's district into Bishop’s 2nd congressional district, giving Scott a safe Republican seat, and inadvertently giving Bishop a Democratic boost as well.[8]

U.S. House, Georgia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSanford Bishop Incumbent 63.8% 162,751
     Republican John House 36.2% 92,410
Total Votes 255,161
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bishop is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Bishop raised a total of $6,909,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[18]

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $1,290,956
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $1,485,600
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $1,062,311
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $818,301
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $671,352
2002 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $577,575
2000 U.S. House (Georgia, District 2) Won $1,003,852
Grand Total Raised $6,909,947

2012

Breakdown of the source of Bishop's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[19]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Bishops's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $1,485,600 and spent $1,776,500.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,485,600
Total Spent $1,776,500
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,213,707
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,154,740
Top contributors to Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.'s campaign committee
AFLAC Inc$32,400
Synovus Financial Corp$16,800
AT&T Inc$11,250
Southern Co$10,700
Golden Peanut Co$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$94,955
Lawyers/Law Firms$76,300
Leadership PACs$72,500
Lobbyists$68,118
Public Sector Unions$58,000

Personal

He is married to the Honorable Vivian Creighton Bishop, who serves as the elected Clerk of the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia. They have a daughter, Aayesha J. Reese, and a granddaughter, Londyn.[3]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bishop is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 13, 2013.[21]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Bishop missed 523 of 13,520 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bishop paid his congressional staff a total of $1,084,040 in 2011. He ranks 131st on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 80th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bishop's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$180,990 and $261,998. That averages to $40,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 125.39% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bishop's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-430,990 and $111,998. That averages to $-159,496, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bishop ranked 167th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bishop ranked 168th in the liberal rankings.[27]

Voting with party

2013

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 91% of the time, which ranked 164th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Sanford + Bishop + Georgia + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

  • Loading...

External links


References

  1. Albany Herald "Rick Allen to run against Sanford Bishop" Accessed February 16, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sanford D. Bishop:U.S. Congressman Serving the 2nd District of Georgia "Long Biography" Accessed October 24, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Sanford D. Bishop: U.S. Congressman Serving the 2nd District of Georgia "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 24, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop" Accessed April 4, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Bishop" Accessed June 13, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Sanford Bishop," Accessed March 29, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Sanford Bishop"
  24. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002674&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Bishop (D-GA), 2011"]
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Bishop, (D-Georgia), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hatcher
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 2
1993–present
Succeeded by
-