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The Honorable Sanford Bishop, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman
Politician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1947
Birth Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman
Politician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1947
Birth Location:
Mobile
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Biography

Politician Sanford Bishop, Jr., was born February 4, 1947, in Mobile, Alabama. His father, Sanford Bishop, Sr., was the first president of Bishop State Community College and his mother, Minnie, was a librarian. After completing high school, Bishop attended Morehouse College, earning a B.A. in 1968, and receiving a J.D. from Emory University in 1971. That same year he was given an honorable discharge from the Army's Advanced Reserve Officers Training School.

After earning his law degree, Bishop moved to Columbus, Georgia, in 1972, where he established the law firm of Bishop and Buckner. Five years later, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and remained there until 1990. Bishop then served a two-year term in the Georgia Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, where he is currently serving his sixth term. Bishop has served on the House Intelligence Committee, the Agriculture Committee and is a permanent member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Currently he serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the chairman of the Democratic House Task Force on Homeland Security. Bishop has worked hard to promote agriculture, as well as to increase job opportunities and promote foreign trade.

Bishop is active on several committees, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the National Security Caucus and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also received numerous awards, including the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Man of the Year Award from the Men's Progressive Club of Columbus, Georgia; and the Friend of the Children Award from the Child Advocacy Coalition. As an Eagle Scout, he has also been honored by the Boy Scouts of America for his distinguished career achievement. Bishop and his wife, Vivian, live in Albany, Georgia. They have one daughter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sanford Bishop interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sanford Bishop lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sanford Bishop talks about his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sanford Bishop recalls stories told to him about his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sanford Bishop talks about his mother's personality and his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sanford Bishop talks about his father's origins and slave heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sanford Bishop talks more about his father's family and recalls a story about his Uncle Thomas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sanford Bishop recalls more of his ancestors and their careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sanford Bishop talks about his grandfather and his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sanford Bishop recalls an early childhood memory of an encounter with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sanford Bishop talks about his experiences as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sanford Bishop talks about his experiences in school and the teachers who influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sanford Bishop recalls more of his school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sanford Bishop talks about his role models as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sanford Bishop recalls a childhood memory about his father's decision to get involved after witnessing a traffic accident
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sanford Bishop talks briefly about his experience with segregation in the Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sanford Bishop recalls his father's lawsuit against a white man
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sanford Bishop talks about his experiences in the Boy Scouts and in the Williamsburg Student Burgesses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sanford Bishop recalls his decision to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sanford Bishop details his early career as a lawyer and his entry into politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sanford Bishop talks more about his political career and the people who influenced him to succeed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sanford Bishop returns to talking about his activities at Morehouse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sanford Bishop details how he got elected to Congress and the demographics of his constituency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sanford Bishop talks about his military experience and his early legal cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sanford Bishop talks about his Congressional campaign and the realization that he was making history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sanford Bishop talks about the progress he's made as a black politician in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sanford Bishop talks about his personal values in relation to his political constituency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sanford Bishop talks more about his political constituency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sanford Bishop recalls the controversy with the Georgia state flag
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sanford Bishop talks about what his legacy might be
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sanford Bishop talks about black history and his political heroes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sanford recalls Adam Clayton Powell and his other political heroes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sanford Bishop talks about today's politics and how he would like to be remembered.