Harold Ford, Jr.
American politician
Harold Ford, Jr.
"Harold Ford" redirects here. For his father, the congressman from Tennessee from 1975 to 1997, see Harold Ford, Sr. Harold Ford, Jr. File:Harold Ford, Congressional photo portrait. jpg Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Tennessee's district In officeJanuary 3, 1997 – January 3, 2007 Preceded by Harold Ford, Sr.
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Ex-congressman Ford being considered for U.S. transportation secretary: Politico
Yahoo News - 3 months
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic Representative Harold Ford Jr of Tennessee is being considered for U.S. transportation secretary or another Cabinet post in Donald Trump's administration, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing two unnamed sources. Ford, who served five terms in Congress, has yet to meet with president-elect Trump but there have been some preliminary feelers put out about potential Cabinet-level posts, including transportation secretary, and Ford appears open to putting himself in the mix, Politico reported. (Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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Set Aside Petty Differences and Build Broadband Economy
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The recently ended government shutdown has bred much deserved pessimism about Washington. But the Senate was able to offer hope for bipartisan with its confirmation of Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman and Mike O'Reilly as an FCC Commissioner. Simply put, it's time to get Congress working again for the American people who are not interested in the petty partisanship and more interested in finding solutions for today's societal challenges. The last time an impasse shut down the government, lawmakers quickly recognized that there was more to be gained working together than against one another. One of the products of those revelations was the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Enacted with strong bipartisan support, the 1996 Telecommunications Act started what would become the foundation for the massive broadband expansion we've seen over the last 17 years. Congress, in a similar situation today, could look to update the laws governing our Internet ecosystem to encourage competition, investment ...
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Harold Ford, Jr.: U.S. Economic Growth Requires Vision, Leadership
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been five years since the height of the Great Recession, yet America, in many ways, is still trying to regain its footing. Americans are searching for a vision to rise above what has become a divided and dysfunctional government that doesn't seem capable of addressing our challenges and giving us confidence in our future. All is not lost. Our past is replete with examples of leaders who articulated a bigger vision that moved us forward. JFK did it when he challenged the country to send a man to the moon in a decade. Reagan did it when he challenged Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate. In both instances, these men injected the country with confidence to reach a goal. The most recent leader to articulate a vision is not in the U.S., but rather in Japan, our strongest ally in the Pacific. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who won a ringing parliamentary majority this weekend, is reversing more than a decade of deflation and decline in his country by abandoning that country's i ...
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Huff TV: Arianna Calls For Obama To Step Up On Gun Control
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Arianna joined Harold Ford, Jr., Jon Meacham, and hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to discuss the politics of gun violence Tuesday on "Morning Joe." (The conversation begins at 5:09 in the clip below.) The jumping-off point for the discussion was new polls that show broad and growing support among Americans for certain gun-control measures. For instance, a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 58% of Americans support an assault weapons ban, and that 44% of Americans now hold an unfavorable view of the National Rifle Association. Scarborough speculated that the NRA's decline in popularity could be partly attributed to executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, whose defiant press conference a week after the Newtown shootings inspired a raft of criticism. "That guy wasn't the face of the NRA that I've known for decades," he said. "He seemed totally divorced from the reality of the moment," Ford, Jr. added. Arianna said that, given the new public ...
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Former U.S. representative and NBC news analyst Harold Ford Jr. to keynote Wayne State's annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Proceeds support local schools through the Adopt-A-Classroom initiativeDETROIT, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. representative and NBC news analyst Harold Ford Jr. will deliver the keynote address during Wayne State University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Luncheon. The event, which brings together the metro Detroit community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of King, kicks off at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, located at 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.Ford served Tennessee in the U.S. ...
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Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate
Mother Jones - over 4 years
Update, 2:55 p.m.: Via the Tennessean, the Tennessee Democratic party has condemned Clayton, saying in a statement that he is "associated with a known hate group" (a reference to Public Advocate of the United States), and blaming his victory on the fact that his name appeared first on the ballot. Mark Clayton believes the federal government is building a massive, four-football-field wide superhighway from Mexico City to Toronto as part of a secret plot to establish a new North American Union that will bring an end to America as we know it. On Thursday, he became the Tennessee Democrats' nominee for US Senate. Clayton, an anti-gay-marriage activist and flooring installer with a penchant for fringe conspiracy theories, finished on top of a crowded primary field in the race to take on GOP Sen. Bob Corker this fall. He earned 26 percent of the vote despite raising no money and listing the wrong opponent on his campaign website. The site still reads, "DEDICATED TO THE DEFEAT OF NEO-CO ...
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Four National Leaders Join Broad Center Leadership Group
Education Week - over 4 years
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, which manages the Broad Superintendents Academy and the Broad Residency in Urban Education, has added four people to its board of directors. Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., who served five terms in Congress and was chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. Ford is currently managing director and senior client relationship manager at Morgan Stanley and professor of public policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Paul Pastorek, the former Louisiana state superintendent of education and former president of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He is currently chief counsel for the aerospace and defense contractor EADS North America. Andrew L. "Andy" Stern, a senior fellow at Columbia University, who served 15 years as as president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union, the nation's second largest labor unio ...
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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Good morning, one and all, and welcome to another edition of your Sunday Morning liveblog of the demented political chat shows. My name is Jason, and I think this tweet basically sums up this week. So a bunch of senators testified before Jamie Dimon today bit.ly/LX1vs4 — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 13, 2012 Yes, this was the kind of week where you really got a feel the future of America -- Jamie Dimon will be regularly holding taxpayers to accounts for their failure to serve his interests as your public servant use emergency collagen injections to plump up their tongues so they do not lose their softness as they bathe Dimon's backside, while Sheldon Adelson skips around the room in a harlequin costume setting his own money on fire. That sounds about right to me. Against that horoscope, watching these shows seems like an eminently tolerable thing to do. And last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the way they delved into the national security leak story when I tho ...
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Santorum: 'I don't think anybody understood how little money we had'
First Read- MSNBC - almost 5 years
Gene J. Puskar / AP Surrounded by members of his family, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum announces he is suspending his candidacy for the presidency effective today, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Gettysburg, Pa. By NBC's Andrew Rafferty Follow @AndrewNBCNews   It was September when Elizabeth Santorum began making cold calls for her dad.   The eldest child of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was not dialing potential voters or donors; Elizabeth Santorum, then 20-years-old, was trying to figure out how to get her father on the ballot in the contests following Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucus.   "I would call from my cell phone and my house phone, just call the secretary of state's office or the party's office and say, 'Hi, this is Elizabeth with Sen. Santorum's campaign, and I was wondering if you had your guidelines for getting on your ballot there," she remembers.   Her inquiry was often met with the same response: "Ballot guidelines for president? Of the United States?"   ...
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AR-03: Womack’s Family Issues Back In The News
Blue Arkansas - almost 5 years
Normally I don’t write about family or people’s personal lives-Democrat or Republican.  It’s just not something I’m really comfortable doing.  If other sources have reported it though, it’s something severe or hypocritical, or it becomes a major issue in a campaign or in politics, I’ll talk about it.  But once in awhile you just can’t avoid observing that a politician has some family issues to deal with.  A great example, I’m from east Arkansas, plugged in to the Memphis market, and for years those of us in the Delta have had a front row seat to the dysfunctional Ford family circus coming out of Tennessee.  When it gets that bad, you just can’t ignore it any longer.  Well, over in NWA, it looks like the Womacks are becoming an Arkansas version of the Fords. I say this, because Womack’s meth dealing son is back behind bars: The son of Congressman Steve Womack was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail Wednesday. Rogers Police arrested 24-year-old James Phillip Womack for ...
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Weekend TV Talk Shows for April 14 - 15
LATimes - almost 5 years
SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer GOP race: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.); world affairs: Former British prime minister Tony Blair. 3 p.m. CNN The Chris Matthews Show How former presidents help the current president; possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016. (N) 5 p.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group (N) 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Beluga whales; Today's life illustrated. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley GOP unity, 2012 politics: Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus; the Trayvon Martin case, civility, the 2012 campaign: Bill Cosby. (N) 6 and 9 a.m. CNN CBS News Sunday Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Fareed Zakaria GPS Job growth, the Buffett Rule, the Ryan plan: White House National Economic Council director Gene Sperling. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN Meet the Press Tax policy, jobs report, the economy: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; the Romney campaign, tax policy, ...
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Ford and Zipcar Join Forces
NYTimes - over 5 years
DETROIT — It wasn’t long ago that car-sharing services like Zipcar were perceived as a threat to the sales volumes of traditional automakers. But the Ford Motor Company is taking the view that drivers who rent from Zipcar by the hour just might be potential customers down the road. Ford and Zipcar are expected on Wednesday to announce
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DRIFT: Gittin Jr. - Ford Racing Interview - Motorsport.com
Google News - over 5 years
2010 Formula DRIFT Pro Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., heads back to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Round 6 of the 2011 Championship, “After Dark”, to reclaim points lost early this season. Gittin is positive the Faulken team can make a
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Águilas visitará cuatro municipios del Zulia - Noticia al Dia
Google News - over 5 years
El fin de semana continúan las Águilas con los encuentros amistosos, el sábado 8 de octubre a las 3:30 de la tarde en la localidad de Tía Juana del municipio Simón Bolívar, en el estadio “JR Ford”. El domingo 9 de octubre finaliza esta serie de cuatro
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USC plans online way for former students to finish - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
While the University of South Carolina already allows older students to take some online classes, this is the first time the school is allowing former students to complete their degree online, said vice provost Lacy Ford Jr. Ford, who's spearheading
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Friday's American Drag Racing League's Speedtech US Drags IV - Richmond Times Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Richie Stevens Jr, Ford Mustang, 4.100, 175.66; 5. Trevor Eman, Mustang, 4.104, 175.11; 6. Tony Gillig, Cobalt, 4.113, 175.66; 7. John Pluchino, Ford Escort, 4.115, 175.37; 8. Elijah Morton, Mustang, 4.119, 174.21; 9. Scott Hintz, Mustang, 4.121,
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Flip switch on electric co-op? - The Durango Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Renewable founder JR Ford says he has investors ready to back him so he can build a plant and hire 20 workers. But he needs a 10-year contract from the US Forest Service to clear trees. "Without a steady stream of trees, the project is not financially
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Video Find: Vaughn Gittin Jr Ford Mustang Seattle Drift - MotorTrend Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
A video highlighting Vaughn GIttin Jr.'s battle in Formula Drift Round 5 has appeared on the 2010 Formula Drift champion's official website. Round five was hosted late June at Evergreen Speedway in Seattle, Washington. In the video, Gittin talks about
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harold Ford, Jr.
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    On February 5, 2010, Gillibrand held a press conference at which she raised questions as to whether Ford, as an executive of Merril Lynch, received taxpayer-backed bonuses from Bank of America, stemming from the federal bailout.
    More Details Hide Details She was joined by New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who endorsed her candidacy. On February 12, it was reported that Ford's NBC contract was suspended due to his potential campaign, and that he had taken an unpaid leave of absence from Merrill Lynch for the same reason. On March 1, Ford stated in an op-ed article published by The New York Times that he would not run against Gillibrand. 2006 Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate (TN)
    Ford's spokesperson on January 11, 2010, stated Ford had become a supporter of same-sex marriage after "listening to the debate in state legislatures across the country".
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    Ford considered a primary challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Sources close to Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York have said that he would consider supporting someone "of Mr. Ford's stature". However, it was also reported that Mayor Bloomberg "reassured Mr. Reid that he was not personally involved in the effort to promote a Ford candidacy." Chuck Schumer sought to dissuade Ford from running.
    As of the spring 2010 semester, he is a visiting professor at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service where he teaches Policy Formation: U.S. Domestic Policy.
    More Details Hide Details Ford is working at Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley. Ford is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Ford is married to Emily Threlkeld, who works in public relations for Carolina Herrera in New York. They married on April 26, 2008.
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  • 2007
    In October 2007, Ford was appointed as the inaugural Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
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    Ford was appointed visiting professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University in 2007 and taught a class on American political leadership.
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    In March 2007, Ford joined the financial services firm Merrill Lynch as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser.
    More Details Hide Details In the same month he was hired by Fox News Channel as a political contributor. In March 2008, he moved from Fox to MSNBC as a news analyst, appearing as a panelist on David Gregory's Race for the White House, Hardball, and Morning Joe.
    On January 25, 2007, Ford was named chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.
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  • 2006
    In December 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that Ford told students at an L.A.-area school that he might run again in 2008 for the Senate seat held by Republican Lamar Alexander, but in January 2007 Ford said that he had no plans to challenge the incumbent.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, Ford has said that he "hopes to spend a lot of time at home, perhaps do some teaching and work with Governor Bredesen on some issues in Tennessee."
    Ford faced Republican Bob Corker in the November 2006 election.
    More Details Hide Details Not long after Corker's primary victory was assured, Ford challenged Corker to seven televised debates across the state. In response, Corker said he would debate Ford, though he did not agree to seven debates. In October 2006, the Republican Party ran radio and television ads characterized by some as racially tinged. A radio spot, referred to by critics as the "jungle drums" ad, had drums playing when Ford's name was mentioned and patriotic music when Corker's name was spoken. This ad was criticized as attacking Ford's race by evoking images of primitive, chanting African tribes. A television ad that received more attention featured satirical "man‑on‑the‑street" interviews purporting to support Ford, including one in which a blond white woman talks about meeting Ford at "the Playboy party"; she returns at the end of the ad to wink and whisper "Harold, call me." The ad was denounced by many people, including Republican former Senator William Cohen, who called it "a very serious appeal to a racist sentiment", and Corker asked the Republican leadership to pull the ad. The ad was retired one day after Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said he had no authority to discontinue the ad and disagreed with the negative characterizations of it.
    Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita briefly challenged Ford for the nomination but dropped out of the primary because of inadequate fundraising, effectively handing Ford the nomination. On August 3, 2006, Ford overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary.
    More Details Hide Details After the primary, Ford's supporters held a large victory celebration at Nashville's LP Field. Among the speakers was former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 2005
    A June 7, 2005, article in The Washington Times reported that from 1998 to 2003, Ford took 61 privately funded trips but did not file travel disclosure forms with the House clerk for the trips, as required by the chamber's ethics rules, until August 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Ford's office called the late filings a "mere oversight", since Ford had filed the required financial disclosure statements for the trips at the time they occurred. In November 2005, when Ohio Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt implied that Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha was a "coward" in response to Murtha's proposal for a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, Ford charged across the House floor to the Republican side during the resulting uproar in the chamber, shouting "Say it to Murtha!" (or "Say Murtha's name!" depending on the source) while waving his finger at Schmidt. He had to be restrained by fellow Democrat Dave Obey of Wisconsin. Like many Democrats, Ford believed Schmidt's remarks (which she later withdrew) were an unwarranted "cheap shot" against Murtha, a veteran of the Marine Corps. In Congress, Ford opposed benefits for same-sex couples and supported the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage as one man and one woman. He told Democrats they should be more supportive of the Iraq War, and criticized Senate Democrats who attempted to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito. He was one of the few Democrats who voted for the bankruptcy bill, and he defined himself as a pro-life candidate, supporting some restrictions on abortion, including a ban on intact dilation and extraction, called "partial-birth abortion" by opponents. However, the National Right to Life Committee says that while in Congress he voted against the pro-life position 87% of the time.
    He filed the papers necessary to officially begin his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Although his name was mentioned as a possible Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2004, he was ineligible for the office due to his age (four months shy of 35 on Inauguration Day 2005).
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  • 2002
    After the Democrats lost seven Congressional seats in the 2002 elections, Ford announced his candidacy for House Democratic Leader, challenging then-House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi, arguing that current leadership was ineffective.
    More Details Hide Details Ford was defeated, but exceeded initial expectations in the amount of support he received.
    On October 10, 2002, he was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, Ford was the keynote speaker for the 2000 Democratic National Convention supporting then Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic nomination for President.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    On November 4, 1999, Ford voted in favor of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which some economists, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, believe helped create the 2007 financial crisis.
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  • 1996
    Ford returned to college for a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details During his campaign for the House of Representatives, he sat for and failed the Tennessee bar exam; he has said that he intends to try again.
  • 1993
    After graduation Ford went into the government, serving as a staff aide to the Senate Budget Committee. In 1993 he became special assistant at the United States Department of Commerce.
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  • 1992
    The younger Ford earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born on May 11, 1970.
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