Jack Ford (politician)

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For Jack Ford, the son of former president Gerald Ford, see John Gardner Ford
Jack Ford
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
January 3, 1995-December 31, 2001
Preceded by Casey Jones
Succeeded by Edna Brown
Personal details
Born (1947-05-18) May 18, 1947 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Cynthia Ford

Jack Ford (born May 18, 1947) is an American Democratic politician who served as the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, from January 2002 to January 2006.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Jack Ford received his Master's degree in Public Administration and his law degree from the University of Toledo. He spent most of his working life as an educator, teaching primarily at the University of Toledo for 22 years, but also at Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College.

Ford served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years, and was Democratic leader of the Ohio House for the final three. He was a speaker at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. In November 2001, he was elected Toledo mayor, replacing another Democrat, Carty Finkbeiner who, four years later, on November 8, 2005 was returned to office, defeating Ford in his re-election bid. Ford was Toledo's first African-American mayor.

On March 7, 2006, media reports revealed that Ford would be returning to Bowling Green State University as a practitioner-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences effective March 13, 2006. According to reports, Ford will mostly teach in the department of political science.[1]

In June 2007, Ford was selected to fill a vacancy on the Toledo Board of Education.

In his public career as a legislator and city executive, Jack Ford was responsible for the creation of the Toledo Youth Commission, the lead abatement program, the medication education for the elderly program, the Toledo curfew law, and the drug paraphernalia law.

He founded two organizations dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


  1. ^ As per WTVG Toledo, March 7, 2006.

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Preceded by
Carleton S. "Carty" Finkbeiner
Mayor of Toledo, Ohio
Succeeded by
Carleton S. "Carty" Finkbeiner