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Sanford Bishop was born on February 4, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama. In 1968, Bishop received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Morehouse College. In 1971, he earned his law degree from Emory University. Bishop was a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977-1991. He was a member of the Georgia Senate from 1991-1993. Sanford Bishop was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1992.