Aaron D. Ford

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Aaron Ford
Majority Leader of the Nevada Senate
Assumed office
November 9, 2016
Preceded by Michael Roberson
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
November 7, 2012
Preceded by Michael A. Schneider
Minority Leader of the Nevada Senate
In office
November 5, 2014 – November 9, 2016
Preceded by Michael Roberson
Succeeded by Michael Roberson
Personal details
Born Aaron Darnell Ford
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic (2000–present)
Spouse(s) Berna Rhodes
Children 4
Education Texas A&M University (B.A.)
George Washington University
(M.A.)
Ohio State University (M.A., J.D., P.h.D.)
Website Campaign website

Aaron Darnell Ford is an American attorney and politician. He was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012 to represent Senate District 11 which encompasses portions of the Las Vegas Valley including portions of the communities of Spring Valley and Enterprise.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ford was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.[2] He is the oldest of three sons. He came from a working-class family where money was tight.[3] Ford earned a scholarship and Ford received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1990.[4] He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned a master's degree from George Washington University. He studied international education at George Washington University while teaching at a local high school. He also has a master’s, juris doctor, and doctorate degree from Ohio State University.[5]

In January 1991 Ford was arrested and charged with public intoxication.[6] He was arrested a second time for stealing tires.[7] The case was eventually dismissed after he made restitution to the tire shop owner.[8] Ford was also arrested twice for failing to appear in court.[9] He was also investigated for trespassing into his now ex-girlfriend’s home, according to documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review Journal.[10] Ford was not arrested in that incident, and no charges were filed against him.[11]

Political career[edit]

Ford ran for Nevada Senate from District 12 in 2010 and lost to Senator Joe Hardy by 19.23%.[12]

Having moved to Nevada Senate District 11 in 2011, he ran for the District 11 seat in 2012, defeating John Drake by 24.6%.[13]

Since November 5, 2014, Ford has been the Democratic Leader of the Nevada State Senate.[14] He served as the Assistant Majority Whip during Nevada's 77th Legislative Session.[15] He also served as Chair of Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Education, and as a Member of Senate Judiciary Committee.[16]

Subsequent to this first legislative session, Ford was named Freshman Senator of the Year by both the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Reno Gazette Journal. Ford was named Senator of the Year by Nevada Political Action for Animals and the Nevada Conservation League.[17]

During the 2016 interim, Ford serves on the Legislative Commission, the Advisory Committee to Develop a Plan to Reorganize the Clark County School District, and the Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Study Water. He also sits by designation on the Interim Finance Committee.

During the 2014 interim, Ford served as a Member of the Council to Establish Academic Standards; Technological Crime Advisory Board; Legislative Committee on Public Lands; Legislative Committee on Education; Legislative Commission on Energy; and the Advisory Council on Parental Involvement and Family Engagement.

During the 2017 Nevada Legislative session, Ford led the efforts requiring law enforcement agencies to turn over rape kits for testing within 30 days and require labs to test them within 120 days.[18] The bill mandated the creation of a Nevada-wide sexual assault kit tracking program, which would allow victims to follow the status of their rape kits as they go through the criminal justice system.[19]

He also co-sponsored the Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act to provide protections to female employees and applicants for employment from discriminatory or unlawful employment practices based on pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions. [20]

Ford helped pass the nation’s strongest pharmaceutical transparency legislation.[21]  The law requires that if pharmaceutical manufacturers for diabetes medication have increased medication prices by a certain amount, they must disclose information regarding cost of making and marketing drugs, in addition to rebates they may provide.[22] The law also works to create more transparency around PBMs, compelling them to act in insurers' best interests and bans PBMs from forbidding pharmacists from discussing lower-cost options with patients, something called a gag clause.[23]

Ford passed a “fiduciary duty” bill which removed exemptions for broker-dealers and financial advisors from rules that applied to financial planners and held them accountable for meeting a fiduciary duty to their clients.[24] Ford said he proposed the rule because of concerns that President Trump was “trying to do everything to stop” the implementation of the fiduciary rule.”[25] UNLV law professor Benjamin Edwards said Senator Ford’s legislation would “return integrity to a dirty business” and “creates a level playing field for the firms that do things the right way.”[26]

Ford is the Democratic nominee for Nevada Attorney General in 2018.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Ford is a member of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Olive Crest of Nevada, Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Justice of the Peace Selection Committee, Clark County Democratic Party, and National Bar Association (Las Vegas Chapter).

Ford is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. He is married to Berna Rhodes, an attorney. Berna Rhodes is a partner at Brown Law Group and is Partner in charge of the Nevada office.[28] Prior to joining Brown Law Group, Rhodes founded Rhodes-Ford & Associates.

On July 21, 2018, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Aaron Ford "has a history of failing to fully pay his taxes." The IRS filed three tax liens against Ford for what amounted to more than $185,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to Clark County records. Those liens were cleared in 2016. Ford's campaign manager, Peggy Yang, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Ford had "faced some financial difficulties" as a result of the recession and that those "difficulties" were further complicated upon being promoted to partner at his law firm.[29] Ford said that during the recession, his family had to take a pay cut, one of his sons started college and another son was hospitalized, explaining that they paid taxes every year but he was unable to pay the full amount due.[30]

On July 30, 2018, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Ford purchased a new home for $468,138 in 2013, in the same year that he neglected to fully pay his income taxes.[31] Ford explained that he also "short-sold a house during that time period, trying to find the best way to handle the financial stresses and strains that the Ford family encountered and endured during the recession as many other Nevadans had to do."[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Aaron Ford's rise to the Senate pinnacle, from food stamps to floor leader”. The Nevada Independent, January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ “Aaron Ford's rise to the Senate pinnacle, from food stamps to floor leader". The Nevada Independent, January 18, 2018.
  3. ^ “AG candidate’s past is impressive, as is Nevada’s future if he wins”.  Las Vegas Sun, August 1, 2018
  4. ^ "Aaron Ford's rise to the Senate pinnacle, from food stamps to floor leader”. The Nevada Independent, January 18, 2018.
  5. ^ “Elevating the Conversation with Aaron Ford, candidate for Nevada Attorney General”. Elevate Nevada, June 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford arrested 4 times in 1990s". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  7. ^ "Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford arrested 4 times in 1990s". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  8. ^ “AG candidate state Sen. Aaron Ford discusses arrests in 1990s”. Las Vegas Now, July 27, 2018.
  9. ^ “AG candidate state Sen. Aaron Ford discusses arrests in 1990s”. Las Vegas Now, July 27, 2018.
  10. ^ “AG candidate state Sen. Aaron Ford discusses arrests in 1990s”. Las Vegas Now, July 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Sebelius, Steve (2018-07-30). "AG candidate state Sen. Aaron Ford discusses arrests in 1990s". LASVEGASNOW. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  12. ^ "Aaron Ford - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  13. ^ "Aaron Ford - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  14. ^ "Aaron Ford - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-08-18-30.
  15. ^ "Aaron Ford - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-08-18-30.
  16. ^ "Aaron Ford - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-08-18-30.
  17. ^ “Aaron Ford's rise to the Senate pinnacle, from food stamps to floor leader”. The Nevada Independent, January 18, 2018.
  18. ^ More rape kits in Southern Nevada being tested after new law”. Las Vegas Review Journal, February 27,2018.
  19. ^ More rape kits in Southern Nevada being tested after new law”. Las Vegas Review Journal, February 27,2018.
  20. ^ “Nevada Expands Protections for Pregnant Workers". Littler Mendelson, July 6,2017.
  21. ^ “Nevada just passed one of the strictest drug pricing transparency laws in the country”. Business Insider, June 15, 2017.
  22. ^ “Nevada just passed one of the strictest drug pricing transparency laws in the country”. Business Insider, June 15, 2017.
  23. ^ “Nevada just passed one of the strictest drug pricing transparency laws in the country”. Business Insider, June 15, 2017.
  24. ^ "The Indy Examines: Democrats' legislative blueprint". Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  25. ^ "States Look to Help Investors, With Fiduciary Rule in Flux". www.bna.com. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  26. ^ "Nevadans deserve honest financial advice". Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  27. ^ "Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford had past liens for unpaid taxes". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  28. ^ Brown Legal Ink. “Berna Rhodes-Ford.” Brown Law Group, 2015.
  29. ^ "Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford had past liens for unpaid taxes". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  30. ^ Sebelius, Steve (2018-07-25). "Democratic Nevada AG nominee addresses old IRS liens". LASVEGASNOW. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  31. ^ "Nevada Democrat Struggles to Explain Incurring $185,000 in Unpaid Income Taxes". Washington Free Beacon. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  32. ^ "Aaron Ford On His Run For Nevada Attorney General". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-10-13.

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