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Clay Ford
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Florida House Of Representatives District 2
Former Member
In office
2006- March 18, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Gulf Breeze
2000 - 2007
Arkansas House of Representatives
1975 - 1976
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
Master'sShippensburg University
J.D.University of Arkansas
Military service
Service/branchArmy Reserve National Guard
Years of service1955 - 1988
Place of birthWynne, Arkansas
Office website
Campaign website
Clay Ford (September 24, 1938 – March 18, 2013) was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District from 2006 to 2013. Ford died in office on March 18, 2013 after a battle with cancer.[1]

He previously served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1975-76.

Ford served in the Army Reserve National Guard from 1955-1988, and has worked as an attorney since 1978.

He was Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Gulf Breeze from 2000-2007, and on the Gulf Breeze City Council from 1990-2007.

Ford is a member of the American Legion, and life member of the National Rifle Association.[2]


Ford provided answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities, he responded:

"My top two priorities for the next decade are adequate funding for health care and energy. A close third is education directed toward specific training to produce a workforce that will attract and retain jobs in Northwest Florida by linking our education institutions to the recruitment efforts directed toward employers. Incentives must be incremented to the number of jobs, salary levels and stability of the employment."[3]

Ford's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 339 - "Criminal Offenses: Provides for reclassification of offenses committed against elderly or disabled; provides for mandatory term of imprisonment for certain thefts against persons 65 years of age or older; provides for mandatory term of imprisonment for certain acts of exploitation against elderly person or disabled adult."
  • HB 993 - "Airline Travel: Requires airline that cancels or delays flight more than 1 hour to honor passenger's ticket at later date or reimburse cost plus penalty fee except under certain conditions"
  • HB 1003 - "Insurance: Designates act "John and Patricia Seibel Act;" provides specified continuing education requirements for persons licensed to solicit or sell life insurance; provides for administrative fines & criminal penalties for offenses involving misleading representations or fraudulent comparisons or omissions, generating unlawful fees & commissions, or using fraudulent signatures"

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ford won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 2. Ford defeated Jeremy M. Bosso in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Christine M. Bruha (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClay Ford Incumbent 74.7% 11,445
Jeremy Bosso 25.3% 3,868
Total Votes 15,313


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ford won re-election to the 3rd District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Ford defeated Claudia Brown-Curry (D) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 3
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Clay Ford (R) 24,489 60.29%
Claudia Brown-Curry (D) 16,128 39.71%


On November 4, 2008, Ford won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 3rd District, defeating Lumon May (D). Ford received 33,504 votes in the election while May received 30,751 votes.[6] Ford raised $280,198 for his campaign; May raised $96,977.[7]

Florida House of Representatives, District 3
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Clay Ford (R) 33,504 52.1%
Lumon May (D) 30,751 47.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ford is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ford raised a total of $583,492 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[8]

Clay Ford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida House, District 2 Won $120,131
2010 Florida House, District 3 Won $183,163
2008 Florida House, District 3 Won $280,198
Grand Total Raised $583,492


Ford won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $120,131.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clay Ford's campaign in 2012
Florida Republican Party$16,056
Hospital Corp. of America$2,000
Florida Association of Insurance Agents$1,000
Florida Optometric Association$1,000
Florida Dental Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$120,131
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Ford raised $183,163 in contributions.[9]

His six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Republican Party $8,857
Republican Party Of Florida $4,000
Florida Chamber Of Commerce $3,500
Florida Association Of Realtors $2,000
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association $2,000
Hospital Corp Of America $2,000


Below are Ford's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Republican Party $56,148
Hospital Corporation of America $4,000
AT&T $3,000
FL Police Benevolent Assoc $2,000
FL Assoc of Insurance Agents $2,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clay Ingram (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 2
Succeeded by
Mike Hill (R)
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 3
Succeeded by
Doug Broxson (R)