Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

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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 is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Bishop announced on October 11, 2013, that he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer and expects to have surgery.[4]

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.

He 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:[5]

  • 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[6]
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Bishop's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Bishop voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Bishop voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Bishop voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy

2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" The comprehensive farm bill failed in the House due largely in part to the votes of 8 Democratic House members who joined the Republican majority to vote down the measure.[11] Reps. Collin Peterson, John Barrow, Bishop, Cheri Bustos, Sean Maloney, Mike McIntyre, Bill Owens, and Tim Walz were the 8 Democratic members who voted to reject the bill.[11] According to analysis by OpenSecrets, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies.[11] Five of the eight are on the House Agriculture Committee--Peterson, Bustos, Maloney, McIntyre, and Walz-- from which agribusiness firms routinely target committee members with sizable contributions.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Bishop voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Bishop voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Bishop voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Bishop voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Bishop is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[13]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[14] Bishop ranked 4th on the list, and neighboring incumbent Austin Scott ranked 5th on the list.[14] 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.[14]

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.[24]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bishop's reports.[25]

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]4/15/2013$9,856.32$96,710.00$(42,065.55)$64,500.77
July Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$64,500.77$138,324.01$(64,727.51)$138,097.27
Running totals
$235,034.01$(106,793.06)

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 $1,290,956 and spent $1,301,603.[28] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Bishop spent $7.99 per vote received in 2012.

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.[30]


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.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[32]

Bishop most often votes with:

Bishop least often votes with:

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.[33]

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 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.[34]

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, 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.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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]

On October 11, 2013, Bishop's office announced that he was undergoing treatment for throat cancer. The office's statement included the following from Bishop:

"I do not expect to be away from my duties for more than a brief period and look forward to continuing my ministry of public service to the people of the 2nd District as your Representative, now and for years to come."[40][4]

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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. 4.0 4.1 Chicago Tribune, "Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop treated for throat cancer ," accessed October 11, 2013
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Sanford D. Bishop: U.S. Congressman Serving the 2nd District of Georgia "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 24, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Sanford Bishop Jr. Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Open Secrets "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" Accessed July 19, 2013
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop" Accessed April 4, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Sanford D. Bishop 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Sanford Bishop 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Bishop" Accessed June 13, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. Sanford Bishop," Accessed August 1, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Sanford Bishop," Accessed March 29, 2013
  34. LegiStorm "Sanford Bishop"
  35. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002674&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Bishop (D-GA), 2011"]
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Bishop, (D-Georgia), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  40. The Washington Post, "Georgia Rep. Bishop undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer," accessed October 11, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hatcher
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 2
1993–present
Succeeded by
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