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Wikipedia Summary for Harold Ford, Jr.

Harold Eugene Ford Jr. (born May 11, 1970) is an American financial managing director, pundit, author, and former U.S. congressman who served from 1997–2007 in the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic Party from Tennessee's 9th congressional district, centered in Memphis. He is a member of the Ford political family from Memphis, and is the son of former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr., who held the same seat for 22 years. In 2006, Ford made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Bill Frist. He was the last chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).

Between 2011 and 2017, Ford worked for Morgan Stanley as a managing director. He also regularly appeared on television on politically related programs on NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC.

On December 1, 2020, Ford was named Vice Chairman of Corporate & Institutional Banking at PNC Financial Services. He and his wife live in New York City and have a daughter, Georgia Walker, and a son, Harold Eugene III.

Ford also wrote a book, More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education, published in 2010.

In April 2021, Ford joined Fox News as a political contributor. He frequently appears on Special Report and The Five.

Quote: I either run or try to play basketball every day. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I either run or try to play basketball every day.


Quote: Some say I was disappointed when President Obama won, and that is absolute nonsense. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

Some say I was disappointed when President Obama won, and that is absolute nonsense.


Quote: I don't think it's a great leap to go from civil unions to gay marriage -- I may be in the minority in believing that. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I don't think it's a great leap to go from civil unions to gay marriage -- I may be in the minority in believing that.


Quote: Public service is a part of who I am, having grown up in a family of politicians. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

Public service is a part of who I am, having grown up in a family of politicians.


Quote: One bipartisan policy tradition is to deny Americans the use of our own resources. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

One bipartisan policy tradition is to deny Americans the use of our own resources.


Quote: Killing terrorists is cheaper than capturing them. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

Killing terrorists is cheaper than capturing them.


Quote: I love New York, I love the smell of New York... I love the subway. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I love New York, I love the smell of New York... I love the subway.


Quote: I'm in an interracial marriage. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I'm in an interracial marriage.


Quote: As America's head coach, President Obama needs to make some big and smart adjustments to jump-start economic growth and business investment, stimulate job creation, and get wages up for ordinary Americans. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

As America's head coach, President Obama needs to make some big and smart adjustments to jump-start economic growth and business investment, stimulate job creation, and get wages up for ordinary Americans.


Quote: My dad was a congressman, and he taught me at a very early age, 'They voted for me, they view me as theirs, and I am.' Our family's phone in Memphis was always listed. It rang all day and all night. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

My dad was a congressman, and he taught me at a very early age, 'They voted for me, they view me as theirs, and I am.' Our family's phone in Memphis was always listed. It rang all day and all night.


Quote: My appetite for public policy and changing it, and not only being a part of the conversation, but affecting it in a positive way, never diminished after 10 years in Congress. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

My appetite for public policy and changing it, and not only being a part of the conversation, but affecting it in a positive way, never diminished after 10 years in Congress.


Quote: I think if you socialize, dine with, spend time with known terrorists that are on the list of those who want to do harm to America, you put yourself in peril. I don't dine, socialize or spend time with people who are on the terrorist lists. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I think if you socialize, dine with, spend time with known terrorists that are on the list of those who want to do harm to America, you put yourself in peril. I don't dine, socialize or spend time with people who are on the terrorist lists.






Quote: I'm not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too. Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I'm not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too. Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running.


Quote: I am a Democrat. But I am an independent Democrat. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I am a Democrat. But I am an independent Democrat.


Quote: I am not going to stop speaking out on behalf of policies that I think are right -- regardless of ideology, party or political expediency. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I am not going to stop speaking out on behalf of policies that I think are right -- regardless of ideology, party or political expediency.


Quote: I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.


Quote: These are tough times, and the New Yorkers I have met are facing economic adversity with grace and dignity. They worry about their future, care about their neighbors and hope this storm will pass so they can focus on better days ahead. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

These are tough times, and the New Yorkers I have met are facing economic adversity with grace and dignity. They worry about their future, care about their neighbors and hope this storm will pass so they can focus on better days ahead.


Quote: I am a huge supporter for cash for caulkers -- which allows people to make improvement for energy efficient in their homes. We should do the same for Americans purchasing appliances and computers and for that matter, new air-conditioner and heating units. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I am a huge supporter for cash for caulkers -- which allows people to make improvement for energy efficient in their homes. We should do the same for Americans purchasing appliances and computers and for that matter, new air-conditioner and heating units.


Quote: I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Quote: I am a Yankees fan. I should say -- have been to more Yankees games than Mets games. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I am a Yankees fan. I should say -- have been to more Yankees games than Mets games.


Quote: You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.' by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of Harold Ford, Jr.  quote: You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.'- black text on quotes background

You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.'


Quote: I look forward to their convention and look forward to hearing the President talk about what he will do for the next four years. He hasn't done it up to this point. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I look forward to their convention and look forward to hearing the President talk about what he will do for the next four years. He hasn't done it up to this point.


Quote: I firmly believe that as voters come to learn more and more about John Kerry and learn more and more about his message that they're going to want a President who is willing to address the fact that we didn't have a post-war plan in Iraq. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I firmly believe that as voters come to learn more and more about John Kerry and learn more and more about his message that they're going to want a President who is willing to address the fact that we didn't have a post-war plan in Iraq.


Quote: I think the country is very settled in a lot of ways, and we saw that after the Democratic Convention. I think a lot of the bump that we enjoyed came when John Kerry selected John Edwards as his running mate. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I think the country is very settled in a lot of ways, and we saw that after the Democratic Convention. I think a lot of the bump that we enjoyed came when John Kerry selected John Edwards as his running mate.


Quote: The bureaucracy is not great. I don't think Rick Santorum who is not one for being a big proponent of large bureaucracies would be as enthusiastic a supporter of it. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

The bureaucracy is not great. I don't think Rick Santorum who is not one for being a big proponent of large bureaucracies would be as enthusiastic a supporter of it.


Quote: I think the potential for the program at the risk of sounding self-serving is large, some would say even limitless, so I'm excited about it and I think it can even pass next year. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I think the potential for the program at the risk of sounding self-serving is large, some would say even limitless, so I'm excited about it and I think it can even pass next year.


Quote: If your kids attend school and grades are up that will make $1,000 contributions to some 10,000 kids across the country, are challenging kids to learn foreign languages or challenging kids to get summer jobs or seek summer enrichment opportunities? by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

If your kids attend school and grades are up that will make $1,000 contributions to some 10,000 kids across the country, are challenging kids to learn foreign languages or challenging kids to get summer jobs or seek summer enrichment opportunities?


Quote: Republicans believe largely in the market working, Democrats believe stereotypically that you've got to give people something. So why not give people a chance to let the market work for them. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

Republicans believe largely in the market working, Democrats believe stereotypically that you've got to give people something. So why not give people a chance to let the market work for them.


Quote: The reality is we talk a lot about it, but we really don't give everyone an opportunity to buy into it, and this combines both the best of Republican and Democratic ideals. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

The reality is we talk a lot about it, but we really don't give everyone an opportunity to buy into it, and this combines both the best of Republican and Democratic ideals.


Quote: So we have broad bipartisan support for the bill, and it's my hope that we can build on some of the things that have been talked about in Washington involving building a larger ownership society. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

So we have broad bipartisan support for the bill, and it's my hope that we can build on some of the things that have been talked about in Washington involving building a larger ownership society.


Quote: I look forward to the day that a lot of the folks that you all talk about and cover on this network will begin to market products for these families and for these kids coming out of junior high school and high school all across the country. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I look forward to the day that a lot of the folks that you all talk about and cover on this network will begin to market products for these families and for these kids coming out of junior high school and high school all across the country.


Quote: If you are born into a family below the national median income, we provide you with an additional $500, and for every contribution made to a child's account below the national median income, we match it dollar for dollar -- the federal government will. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

If you are born into a family below the national median income, we provide you with an additional $500, and for every contribution made to a child's account below the national median income, we match it dollar for dollar -- the federal government will.


Quote: The idea is a straightforward one. We provide an account for every newborn in America, a $500 account. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

The idea is a straightforward one. We provide an account for every newborn in America, a $500 account.


Quote: I'm a capitalist. I believe that people take risk, and there are rewards if they do well; they should lose if they don't. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

I'm a capitalist. I believe that people take risk, and there are rewards if they do well; they should lose if they don't.


Quote: To say that I am pro life is just wrong. I am personally pro-choice and legislatively pro-choice. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

To say that I am pro life is just wrong. I am personally pro-choice and legislatively pro-choice.


Quote: The U.S. economy and workers benefit from a strong, healthy relationship between government and business. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

The U.S. economy and workers benefit from a strong, healthy relationship between government and business.




Quote: If you don't meet the standards, then you don't qualify. by author Harold Ford, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Harold Ford, Jr.  with quote

If you don't meet the standards, then you don't qualify.


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