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Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

Former Representative from Tennessee’s 9th District, Democrat

Ford, a Democrat, was the representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district from 1997 to 2006.

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Ford sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ford is shown as a purple triangle. (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%) Families (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.

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Primary Sources

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