For twenty-eight years, Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., has served the people of Georgia as an elected official: in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990; in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992 and in the U.S. House of Representatives since his election in 1992. Since 2003, Congressman Bishop has served on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, emerging as a leader among fiscally moderate-to-conservative Democrats in Congress.
A graduate of Morehouse College and Emory Law School, Bishop is an Eagle Scout, a 33rd Degree Mason, and a Shriner.
In recent years, Bishop has received many prestigious awards including the Spirit of Enterprise Award (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), CLEO Legacy Diversity Award, Congressional Partnership Award from the National Association of Development Organizations, and the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence in 112th Congress from the National Association of Manufacturers. Bishop has been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Award multiple times and was appropriately named a Dedicated Public Servant.