Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D) currently represents residents of Georgia’s 2nd Congressional district (GA02) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bishop is running against challenger Herman West, Jr. (R) in the November 6, 2018 midterm election.


No position statement on climate change

Bishop does not have a position statement on climate change.

He has a mixed environmental voting record including:

  • Voting YES on H. Con. Res. 119, a non-binding resolution that claims, in part, “that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.” On July 19, 2018, the House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 119. Bishop was one of seven House Democrats who supported the resolution.
  • Voting YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution.
  • Voting YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
  • Voting YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects.


Position on energy

In his position statement on energy, Bishop emphasizes increasing all types of energy sources. He supports the Keystone XL pipeline:

I have long supported the development and exploration of domestic energy sources which will revitalize our economy, create millions of new jobs, lower energy bills, and strengthen our national security. I am a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline, increased exploration of energy sources on federal lands and offshore, renewable energy research, and promoting rural electric cooperatives and nuclear

He has a mixed energy voting record including:

  • Voting YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling.
  • Voting YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets.
  • Voting YES on tax incentives for renewable energy.


Endorsement from Sustainable Politician Project

While Sanford does support the Keystone XL pipeline, he also supports federal funding for sources of renewable energy and federal regulation of greenhouse emissions. He does not discuss his views on environmental issues on his campaign website besides noting that he is “seeking a higher, better quality of life for all citizens by promoting…a clean environment…” There’s certainly room for Bishop to improve, but overall he’s a fair choice.


Mostly pro-environmental voting record

Bishop’s mixed voting record shows a history of casting mostly pro-environmental votes.



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Washington, D.C. Office
2407 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3631
Fax: 202-225-2203
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Albany District Office
235 West Roosevelt Avenue
Albany Towers, Suite 114
Albany, GA 31701
Phone: 229-439-8067
Fax: 229-436-2099
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Columbus District Office
18 Ninth Street, Suite 201
Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: 706-320-9477
Fax: 706-320-9479
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Macon District Office
300 Mulberry Street, Suite 502
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-803-2631
Fax: 478-803-2637
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM


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