Brad Ashford

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Brad Ashford
Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded by Jim Jensen
Personal details
Born (1949-11-10) November 10, 1949 (age 64)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Democratic (Before 1988)
Republican (Before 2011)
Independent (2011–2013)
Democratic (2013–present)
Spouse(s) Ann Ferlic
Alma mater Colgate University
Creighton University

Brad Ashford (born November 10, 1949) is a member of the Nebraska Legislature.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Westside High School. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1971. He got his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1974.[1]

  • AV-Rated Attorney, Bradford and Cohen, 1975-Present
  • Co-Owner, Nebraska Clothing Company, 1993-2006
  • Vice President/Business Development Investor,, 1998-2003
  • Judge, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations, 1984-1986
  • Hearing Examiner, Nebraska Department of Education, 1983-1984[1]

He is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Executive Director, Omaha Housing Authority, 2004
  • Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, Nebraska Bar Association
  • Member, Nebraska Bar Foundation
  • Member, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations
  • Member, Omaha Bar Association

Political career[edit]

Ashford has had the following political experience:

  • Senator, Nebraska Legislature, 1987-1995, 2006-present
  • Judge, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations, 1984-1986
  • Attorney, General Counsel's Office, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. 1974-1975[1]

He was first elected to the Legislature in 1986 serving Nebraska's 6th legislative district. He was reelected in 1990 and retired in 1994. He ran for legislature again in 2006, and was elected to serve Nebraska's 20th legislative district. He is chairman of the Judiciary Committee and serves on the Education Committee and the Committee on Committees.

He is on the following committees:

  • Business and Labor, Member
  • Judiciary, Chair
  • Urban Affairs, Member[1]

Campaigns and elections[edit]

2nd Congressional District[edit]

In 1994, Brad Ashford, then a state senator, ran in the Republican Party (United States)Republican primary for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District seat [2]

Jon Christensen won the 1994 primary with 52.70% or 26,494 votes. Christensen would go on to defeat incumbent Congressman Peter Hoagland, (D) in the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 1994.
Brad Ashford was second in the primary with 24.55% or 12,340 votes.
Ron Staskiewicz was third in the primary with 22.75% or 11,436 votes. [3]

Omaha Mayor[edit]

State Senator Brad Ashford ran for Omaha Mayor in 2013 as an independent candidate. Ashford was defeated in the primary.

Omaha mayoral primary results, April 2, 2013[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Jean Stothert 18,870 32.20%
Nonpartisan Jim Suttle (incumbent) 14,309 24.41%
Nonpartisan Dave Nabity 10,204 17.41%
Nonpartisan Brad Ashford 7,745 13.21%
Nonpartisan Dan Welch 7,083 12.08%
Nonpartisan Maura DeLuca 195 0.33%
Nonpartisan Mort Sullivan 153 0.26%
Write-in 52 0.09%
Totals 58,611 100%

Personal life[edit]

Ashford is married to Ann Ferlic, and has three children: John, Ellie, and Tom.

He has been a member of the following community organizations:

  • Member, Omaha Suburban Rotary
  • Member, Westside High School Open Enrollment Committee
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Former Board Member, Downtown Omaha, Incorporated
  • Past Vice President, Old Market Association
  • Past Chair, Omaha Housing Authority
  • Past Board Member, RACECO
  • Former Member, Salvation Army Advisory Board[1]


External links[edit]

Nebraska Legislature
Preceded by
Peter Hoagland
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 6th district

Succeeded by
Pam Brown
Preceded by
Jim Jensen
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 20th district