Bishop Says Talk of Ag Post is Rumor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia says he doesn't
know where the talk is coming from that he's being considered as
the next Agriculture Secretary, but he's ready to serve if asked.

Bishop, an eight-term congressman from Albany, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he's honored that his name has surfaced recently as a potential candidate for the job. But he said he has not been contacted by President-elect Barack Obama's
transition team and so far considers the talk to be rumor.

Bishop, 61, is among the most conservative African-Americans in Congress and has long been involved in agriculture issues in Congress. He is a go-to lawmaker for Southern farmers because of
his position as a senior member of the spending committee for

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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