Aaron Ford

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Aaron D. Ford
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Nevada State Senate, District 11
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 2
State Senate Minority Leader
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Office website
Campaign website
Aaron D. Ford is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. As of the 2015 legislative session, Ford serves as Minority Leader. He previously served as Assistant Majority Whip.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Revenue and Economic Development


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Ford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


  • "Another of our priorities must be to restore our State's economy and put Nevadans back to work. With our staggering unemployment rate, it is clear that we must explore new and innovative ways to induce our current businesses to hire and to encourage additional businesses to choose Nevada as their home so that Nevadans can get back to work. I support incentives to accomplish both of these goals. I will bring small businesses to the table to make sure they are part of the decisions affecting them."
  • "I will work to enact legislation that will enable businesses currently engaged in energy development in our State do so better and more efficiently. I will also work to attract new businesses interested in our natural resources – businesses that hire Nevadans and invest in our State. We can benefit from the energy-development industry, but we must first position ourselves for this benefit. I will work to do that."



See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Ford ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 11. Ford defeated Harry Mortenson in the June 12 primary election and defeated John Drake (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1] [2][3][4]

Nevada State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Ford 62.3% 22,188
     Republican John Drake 37.7% 13,453
Total Votes 35,641
Nevada State Senate, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Ford 68.5% 1,741
Harry Mortenson 31.5% 802
Total Votes 2,543


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

Ford was defeated by Joseph Hardy (R) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 12 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Hardy (R) 35,210
Aaron Ford (D) 23,520
Richard Wayne O'Dell (I) 2,022

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ford is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ford raised a total of $410,261 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.[6]

Aaron Ford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 11 Won $226,204
2010 Nevada State Senate, Clark 12 Defeated $184,057
Grand Total Raised $410,261


Ford won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $226,204.


Ford lost the election for the Nevada State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $184,057.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Schneider (Nevada) (D)
Nevada State Senate District 11
Succeeded by