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Harold Ford, Jr.

Former U.S. Representative; Analyst, NBC News

Harold FordHarold Ford Jr. served Tennessee in the U.S. Congress for 10 years. Described by President Bill Clinton as “the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century,” Ford is now chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, executive vice chairman of Bank of America, a news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and a professor of public policy at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

During his five terms in the Congress, Ford’s focus was results. He served on both the Financial Services and Budget committees and was an active member of the House Blue Dog coalition, where he worked passionately to balance the budget and promote free enterprise.

Ford is active with several nonprofits and foundations. He serves as an overseer for the International Rescue Committee, is a member of the Pentagon’s Transformation Advisory Group, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of America’s Promise. He is also a member of the Posse Foundation Board of Directors.

Ford is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in American history, and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.