GA Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Wins Magnet Champion of Excellence Award


Washington, D.C., February 9, 2023 –

Magnet Schools of America announced today at its 2023 Policy Training Conference that Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., of Georgia, was named the winner of the Magnet Champion of Excellence award.

“I am honored to receive the Magnet Schools Champion of Excellence Award. Magnet schools are a vital part of our public education system which help our young people learn specialized skills and make the American workforce stronger,” said Congressman Bishop. “I will continue to support policies like the Magnet Schools Assistance Program and the MAGNET Act, which will boost learning innovation in public school districts across the country.”

“It is my pleasure to be able to award the Magnet Champion of Excellence award to someone as passionate about magnet education as Rep. Bishop,” said Magnet Schools of America CEO Ramin Taheri.

Rep. Bishop is serving his 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Middle and Southwest Georgia’s Second Congressional District. A leader among the fiscally responsible Democrats in Congress, Congressman Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations since 2003. In addition to being the Chairman of

the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Bishop also serves as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, the Vice Chair of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and a senior member of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. At the beginning of the 117th Congress, he joined the House Agriculture Committee and serves on the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee as well as the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.

Bishop was first elected to Congress in 1992 after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 and in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992. Bishop graduated from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971. He is an Eagle Scout, a 33rd Degree Mason (PHA), a Shriner, and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and a Deacon and Trustee of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Albany. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and successfully completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then enrolled in Advanced Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) training and later received an Honorable Discharge in 1971.


Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs. 

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