Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., right, chats with Harry Futral after addressing the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday afternoon. Bishop, who has served as the District 2
congressman since 1993, will be seeking his 11th term in the U.S. House in November.
ALBANY — Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, made a pitch Monday to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club for two more years in the House of Representatives.
Bishop, who has served as the district’s representative in Congress since 1993, is seeking his 11th term in the house.
He will face the winner of the July 31 Republican primary. Rick Allen, John House and Ken DeLoach are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Bishop in the November general election.
“It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve as your congressman, I know it’s hard to believe, for the last 20 years,” Bishop told the Kiwanians. “I have to reapply for my job every two years and I hope that I gave given a good accounting of my stewardship.”
Bishop said he decided to run for the Georgia House in 1976 when he realized that, as a lawyer, “If I won a case it affected my client, but as a legislator, if I passed one good law it would affect everybody in the state.”
In Washington, Bishop serves on the House Appropriations Committee and three subcommittees — Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; Legislative Affairs; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.
Bishop, who toyed with the idea of becoming a minister before becoming a lawyer, often refers to the congressional district as his “ministry.”
“My ministry of public service has grown to more than 700,000 people,” Bishop said. “My goal is to make this ministry user-friendly to the people of the district and to make sure our office is the help office.”