WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) was selected by the House Appropriations Committee to become Chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for the 116th Congress (2019-2020). Bishop also will be re-joining the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the Chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee,” said Bishop. “Agriculture is a key component of Georgia’s economy, and I look forward to serving in this position so that I can fight for our farmers, promote rural development, and ensure that our nation’s food supply and our medicines are safe now and into the future.”

“Georgia agriculture contributes more than $71 billion annually to the state and national economy,” continued Bishop. “The Second Congressional District leads the state in peanuts, cotton, pecans, fruits, and vegetables, as well as family-owned timberlands. More importantly, 26 of the 29 counties I represent in Congress are rural.  I have strongly supported rural development initiatives to help bridge the urban-rural divide and provide greater economic opportunities.

“The Second District also is home to two military bases where service members, and civil personnel work tirelessly to keep us safe. As a senior member on the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to work hard for those who are serving now and the veterans that served before them.

“As a member on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, I will work with the financial services industry, ‘transaction alley’, to help the great state of Georgia, which leads the world in fintech – so we can continue to build upon our successes, create jobs and grow our economy for generations to come,” said Bishop.