2nd Congressional Representative Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, stands with supporters on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse in this 2010 file photo.
ALBANY Longtime Southwest Georgia Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop told the Herald Tuesday that he will seek an 11th term as the representative from the second congressional district.
ALBANY, Ga.— Longtime Southwest Georgia Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop told The Herald Tuesday that he will seek an 11th term as the representative from the Second Congressional District.
Bishop, D-Albany, is up for re-election next year. Bishop said Tuesday that he intends to seek an 11th term as Southwest Georgia’s Congressional representative.
“I fully intend on seeking re-election in 2012 and look forward to steadfastly continuing my representative service on behalf of the communities in Southwest Georgia and the residents of the Second Congressional District,” Bishop told The Herald.
Bishop, who serves on three subcommittees of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, narrowly avoided being unseated during his last attempt at re-election when Mike Keown, a Republican from Coolidge, provided the strongest challenge yet to defeating the long-time Democrat.
But, over the summer when state leaders undertook the redistricting process, it appeared that the Republican Party conceded the Second District to the Democrats by drawing out Thomas County, Keown’s stronghold, out of the district and adding more urban parts of Macon and Bibb County, which have traditionally voted Democratic.
While still yet early in the 2012 Congressional election cycle, no one has yet said publicly that they will challenge Bishop for his seat.