Sanford Bishop releases tax returns

      Rep. Sanford Bishop is running to re-election for U.S. Congress / Sean Streicher

      Congressman Sanford Bishop released copies of his tax returns from the past 10 years after a challenge from his opponent John House.

      House released 20 years of his returns.

      Bishop said that folks want to know the people who represent them are open and honest and have their best interest at heart. It's also a good way to show there are no conflicts of interest.

      Bishop said, "I'm happy to release my tax returns, I have nothing to hide, (I'm) glad to release them, I think transparency is good."

      Releasing your tax returns is a common practice amongst elected officials all the way up to the president.

      Rep. Bishops total income for the past 10 years are listed below:
      2011 207,656
      2010 164,654
      2009 167,037
      2008 164,355
      2007 162,375
      2006 267,239
      2005 154,811
      2004 173,268
      2003 148,700
      2002 143,398