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Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 9th District

Ford was the representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2006.

Photo of Rep. Harold Ford [D-TN9, 1997-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ford sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Labor and Employment (14%) Social Welfare (13%) Education (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ford’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2006, Ford missed 505 of 5,832 roll call votes, which is 8.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: