Clay Ford

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Clay Ford
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Florida House Of Representatives District 3
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 16, 2012
Years in position 9
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
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
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Clay Ford is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District since 2006. 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.[1]


Ford provided answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with 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."[2]

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 has been appointed to these committees:

  • Rules & Calendar
  • State Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Civil Justice, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Utilities, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations


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



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.[3]

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.[4] Ford raised $280,198 for his campaign; May raised $96,977.[5]

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


In 2010, Ford raised $183,163 in contributions. [6]

His six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Republican Party $8,857
Repbulican 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:[7]

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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