Craig Ford

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Craig Ford
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Alabama House of Representatives District 28
In office
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 15
Minority Leader, Alabama State House of Representatives
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAuburn University, 1991
Date of birthMay 21, 1968
Place of birthGadsden, AL
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Craig Ford (b. May 21, 1968) is a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 28, Etowah County. He was first elected in 2000 and currently serves as State House Minority Leader.


Ford's professional experience includes working as the co-owner of The Messenger newspaper and owner of the Hodges Ford Insurance Agency. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves.

He is a member of the Alabama Retired Teachers Association, coach of the Church Royal Ambassadors Basketball League, and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Gadsden.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Small Business, Ranking member
Ways and Means Education


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


Campaign themes


Ford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Rep. Craig Ford has...
  • Fought to stop the disastrous charter school bill that would have deprived desperately needed funds from our schools and endangered thousands of teaching and support jobs
  • Fought to fully fund the state’s Medicaid program and protect essential healthcare services for Alabama’s seniors, children, pregnant mothers, and the mentally ill
  • Personally sponsored or co-sponsored every pay raise for Alabama's teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and public servants for the past twelve years
  • Fought to protect the PACT program and force the state’s leadership to keep the state’s promise to fully fund the PACT contracts
  • Fought for and won millions of dollars for schools in Gadsden and Etowah County[3]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Craig Ford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Doug Sherrod was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ford defeated Sherrod in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Alabama House of Representatives District 28, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Ford Incumbent 64.7% 6,827
     Republican Doug Sherrod 35.1% 3,704
     NA Write-In 0.2% 18
Total Votes 10,549


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ford won re-election to the 28th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition.[8]


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Ford was re-elected to the 28th District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, defeating opponent Christopher P. Word (R).[9]

Ford raised $224,552 for his campaign, while Word raised $35,857.[10]

Alabama State House, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Craig Ford (D) 7,335
Christopher P. Word (R) 3,694

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Ford raised $266,481 in contributions.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Craig Ford Campaign Fund $75,000
L PAC $12,300
Alabama Association Of Realtors $10,000
Alabama Education Association $10,000


In 2006, Ford collected $224,552 in donations.

Below are Ford's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[12]

Contributor 2006 total
AL Education Assoc $20,000
AL Farmers Federation $16,483
Seth Hammett $10,500
Business Council of AL $7,500
Alabama Assoc of Realtors $7,000


Ford and his wife, Gwen, have two children.


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Alabama House District 28
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