Ophelia Ford

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Ophelia Ford
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Tennessee State Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 15, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2005
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTennessee State University, 1972
Personal
ProfessionInsurance Agent/Funeral Director
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ophelia Ford is a Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 29. She was first elected to the chamber during a special election in 2005.

Biography

Ford graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Tennessee State in 1972. She is an insurance agent and a certified funeral director.

Ford has had a number of serious health issues which have forced her to be away from her Senate seat. She missed the first month of the 2010 session due to flu-like symptoms[1]. Ford also missed most of the 2007 session with what she referred to as "chronic anemia."[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Judiciary
Transportation and Safety

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ford served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ford served on these committees:

District 29

Ford represents Tennessee Senate District 29. District 29 includes a portion of Shelby County.

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 18 seats in the Tennessee State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. A general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Lee Harris defeated incumbent Ophelia Ford, Ricky Dixon and Herman Sawyer in the Democratic primary. James Finney defeated Anthony Herron, Jr. in the Republican primary. Harris and Finney will face off in the general election.[3][4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Harris 42.5% 10,517
Ricky Dixon 27.8% 6,882
Ophelia Ford 27.3% 6,756
Herman Sawyer 2.5% 611
Total Votes 24,766
Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Finney 82% 3,111
Anthony Herron, Jr. 18% 682
Total Votes 3,793

2010

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Ford was re-elected to the 29th District seat in 2010. She defeated Republican Robert Hill and Independent Herman Sawyerin the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Tennessee State Senate, District 29, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ophelia Ford (D) 18,234
Robert Hill (D) 7,657
Herman L. Sawyer (I) 2,946

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Ford won election to the 29th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate, defeating opponent Terry Roland (R).[6]

Ford raised $58,990 for her campaign while Roland raised $69,953.[7]

Tennessee State Senate, District 29 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ophelia Ford (D) 29,965
Terry Roland (R) 11,438

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ford is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ford raised a total of $137,656 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[8]

Ophelia Ford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $28,000
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Won $38,700
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $11,966
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 29 Won $58,990
Grand Total Raised $137,656

2012

Ford was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $28,000.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ophelia Ford's campaign in 2012
Stones River Medical Management PC$2,500
Tennessee Medical Association$2,000
Federal Express$2,000
Tennessee Society Of Anesthesiologists$2,000
Tennessee Optometric Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$28,000
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ford won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $38,700.

2008

Ford was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $11,966.

2006

Ford won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $58,990.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Personal

Ford has one child and three grandchildren. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Ford
Tennessee Senate District 29
2005-present
Succeeded by
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