Harold Ford

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Harold Eugene Ford, Jr. was a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Tennessee from 1997 to 2007 representing the state's 9th Congressional district . He declined to run for reelection in 2006 so he could run for the Senate vacated by the retirement of Sen. Bill Frist. Ford lost that race to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)




Born May 11, 1970, Ford is the son of former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr..

Ford Jr. graduated from St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C. and received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996. He sat for and failed to pass the Tennessee Bar Exam in 1998, but he has publicly stated that he will try again.

In 1992 he was a staff aide to the United States Senate Committee on the Budget and in 1993 he was special assistant to the United States Department of Commerce.

When Harold, Sr. decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress in 1996, Harold, Jr. entered the Democratic primary. Harold, Sr. had long groomed Harold, Jr. to succeed him. Harold, Jr. finished his last semester at Michigan by arranging a class schedule without Monday or Friday classes. This allowed him to fly home to Memphis for an extended weekend each week to continue his campaign. He subsequently won the Democratic primary, which was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic, majority-black 9th District and allowed him several months to prepare to succeed his father. He has been reelected four times with no significant opposition.

Congressional Career

In 2000, Ford was the keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention supporting then Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic nomation for President.

Ford, a "Blue Dog" Democrat, has a moderate to conservatince voting record. Ford supported a ban on benefits for homosexual couples and has told Democrats they should be more supportive of George W. Bush in some respects but has also opposed Bush's energy proposals (including oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), has demonstrated support for gay adoption, and indicates a willingness to implement a more lax illegal drug policy.

Ford ran unopposed in 2000 and with no major-party opposition in 2002.

After the 2002 elections resulted in Democrats losing Congressional seats, Ford announced his candidacy, which ultimately failed, for House Democratic Leader, challenging then-House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi. "He offered himself as 'something new and different,' a break with 'the same old ways of the past.'" [1]

Iraq War

Ford voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

2006 Senate campaign

On April 6, 2005, during an interview on C-SPAN's call-in show Washington Journal, Ford confirmed that he would be running for the Senate. He filed the papers necessary to officially begin his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005 [2].

As of October 2005, Ford had raised in excess of $3 million dollars for his Senate campaign and remained the Democratic frontrunner and a top contender to replace Bill Frist. [3]

Ford's election opponent was Republican Bob Corker. Corker defeated Ford 51%-48% to win the seat. [4]

2006 Congressional Elections

With Ford announcing that he would run for a Senate seat at the end of his term, Democrats nominated Steve Cohen and Republicans nominated Mark White to contest the November 2006 election for his Senate seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Harold Ford
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

On the Board of Governors for the Partnership for Public Service.

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Harold Ford. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

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