Craig Ford

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Craig Ford
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 28th district
Assumed office
January 2001
Preceded byJoe Ford
Personal details
Born (1968-05-21) May 21, 1968 (age 51)
Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Gwen Ford
Alma materAuburn University
WebsiteOfficial Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceAlabama Army National Guard
RankCaptain
UnitNational Guard

Jon Craig Ford[1] (born May 21, 1968) is a Independent member of the Alabama House of Representatives. He was the House Minority Leader from 2010 to 2016.

Personal life and education[edit]

Ford graduated from Auburn University in 1991, with a degree in marketing. His wife, Gwen Glover, teaches at Gadsden State Community College. Ford's father, Joe Ford, served in the Alabama House for 26 years.[2]

Career[edit]

Ford was elected to the Alabama House in 2000, succeeding his father. In 2010, Ford was elected House Minority Leader. Ford serves on the Ways and Means - Education Committee, and the Commerce and Small Business Committee.[2] Ford considered running for governor in 2014.[3]

Ford has proposed repealing the Alabama Accountability Act, proposing instead to spend more money on Alabama's Pre-K program and the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative.[4] Ford has led an effort to introduce a state lottery, with the revenue going to education spending.[5]

Ford was among the first lawmakers to call for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to resign or be impeached for misusing taxpayer dollars and state resources.[6] Ford also stood up to the Democratic Party's leadership and called for their resignation in light of their own failed leadership and accusations of corruption.[7][8]

March 2018, Ford announced he is running in Alabama Senate District 10 as an Independent, a seat held by Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City, who is not seeking reelection.

Ford co-owns Hodges-Ford Insurance, as well as The Messenger, a weekly newspaper. Ford serves as a captain in the Alabama Army National Guard.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Confirmation of Committee Registration Filing
  2. ^ a b c "Representative Craig Ford". Alabama House of Representatives. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Beyerle, Dana (November 1, 2011). "Rep. Craig Ford says he's been approached about running for governor and is interested". The Gadsden Times. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Lyman, Brian (September 13, 2013). "Gadsden Democrat Craig Ford targets school tax credits". Montgomery Advertiser. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Sims, Cliff (December 31, 2013). "Alabama Democrats renew push for statewide lottery". Yellowhammer News. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Denley, Brianne. "Rep. Craig Ford says he will support impeachment if Bentley doesn't resign". wbrc fox news. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Cason, Mike. "Alabama Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Worley didn't pay fines in 2012 case, records show". AL.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Moseley, Brandon. "Craig Ford Calls on Joe Reed and Nancy Worley to Resign". ALReporter.com. Retrieved October 19, 2016.

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