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This Day in Georgia History

February 04, 1947

Sanford Bishop Born

Politician Sanford Bishop was born in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from Morehouse College and Emory Law School, Bishop was admitted to the Georgia and Alabama bars, but made Georgia his home. In 1977 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served until 1991, when he was elected to the Georgia Senate. In November 1992, Bishop was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s second congressional district, and reelected in 1994. Georgia’s congressional districts were successfully challenged in federal court and redrawn for the 1996 election. The second district, formerly majority black, was more racially balanced in 1996, but with a white majority. Bishop, an African-American, subsequently surprised many political observers by winning reelection despite the newly redrawn district. In Congress, he was appointed to the House Agriculture and Veteran’s Affairs Committees. Later, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.

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Source: United States Congress