|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd district
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Lee Terry|
|Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 20th district
January 2007 – January 2015
|Preceded by||Jim Jensen|
|Succeeded by||John McCollister|
|Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 6th district
January 1987 – January 1995
|Preceded by||Peter Hoagland|
|Succeeded by||Pam Brown|
November 10, 1949 |
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (1967-1983)
|Alma mater||Colgate University
John Bradley "Brad" Ashford (born November 10, 1949) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party from the state of Nebraska, who is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district. He was formerly a member of the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 6th district from 1987 to 1995 and the 20th district from 2007 to 2015.
Early life, education and career
- AV-Rated Attorney, Bradford and Cohen, 1975–Present
- Co-Owner, Nebraska Clothing Company, 1993-2006
- Vice President/Business Development Investor, Discoverwhy.com, 1998-2003
- Judge, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations, 1984-1986
- Hearing Examiner, Nebraska Department of Education, 1983-1984
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
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
Omaha Mayoral election, 2013
Ashford ran for Mayor of Omaha in 2013 as an independent candidate. He was defeated in the primary.
|Omaha mayoral primary results, April 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Jim Suttle (incumbent)||14,309||24.41|
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1994, Ashford, then a state senator, ran in the Republican primary for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district seat. Jon Christensen won the 1994 primary with 26,494 votes, for 52.7% of the total. Ashford was second in the primary with 12,340 votes (24.5%), and Ron Staskiewicz finished third in the primary with 11,436 votes (22.7%). In the general election, Christensen defeated incumbent Congressman Peter Hoagland of the Democratic Party by a margin of 92,516–90,750 (49.9%–49.0%), with 2,044 write-ins.
In 2014, Ashford was elected as Representative for the 2nd Congressional District, defeating 8-term Republican incumbent Lee Terry with 49.0% of the vote to Terry's 45.7%.
Scott Kleeb, who previously ran for Nebraska's 3rd congressional district election, 2006, has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Ashford in the 2016 Democratic primary, which will occur on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Former Republican State Senator and Tea Partier Chip Maxwell, who almost ran as an Independent against Lee Terry in 2012, will challenge Ashford in 2016.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Armed Services
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
- "Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. Brad Ashford. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
- Ryan, Laura. "Brad Ashford's Kindness Campaign". NationalJournal.com. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
- "Senator Brad Ashford's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "2013 Primary Election Unofficial Results". Douglas County Election Commission. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Omaha Democrats have candidate for Congress: Ex-Republican Ashford « Watchdog.org". Watchdog.org. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
- "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: Primary Election Held May 10, 1994", p. 10. Downloadable with 1916–1998 canvass books from "Previous Elections", Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
- "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: General Election Held November 8, 1994", p. 4. Downloadable with 1916–1998 canvass books from "Previous Elections", Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
- "Official Results: General Election—November 4, 2004". Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-01-05. Archived 2015-01-04 at Wayback Machine.
- Jordan, Joe (2015-01-15). "Brad Ashford to get challenge from fellow Democrat? It’s a ‘possibility’". Nebraska Watchdog. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
- "Move over 2014, 2016 Omaha House race is off and running". Nebraska Watchdog. November 19, 2014.
- Congressman Brad Ashford official U.S. House site
- Brad Ashford for Congress
- Brad Ashford at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress