Obama: Romney's Bain career fair game

Obama: Romney's Bain career fair game

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said using Bain Capital to discuss Mitt Romney's credentials is not only fair game but key to his argument against his GOP rival.

Rep. Cohen wins primary in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A white Jewish congressman in a majority black district in Memphis beat a controversial Democratic primary challenger Thursday, election returns showed.

Ford chosen to head DLC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., has been chosen to chair the Washington-based Democratic Leadership Council.

Record number of blacks up for Senate

BOSTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The major parties have nominated six African-Americans for U.S. senator and governor, including one poised to become the first black governor of Massachusetts.

Rural vote key to U.S. Senate Democrats

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Winning a U.S. Senate majority will be a nail-biter for Democrats, based on Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg polls of voters in three key rural states.

Record number of black candidates in 2006

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- More black candidates are operating campaigns for the U.S. Senate and governors of U.S. states in 2006 than ever before.

Williams apologizes for lawmaker confusion

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams has apologized to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., for getting their names wrong.

U.S. lawmakers to Iraqi leaders: Shape up

BAGHDAD, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. congressmen told Iraq's political leaders they need to start showing some progress before the United States loses its patience and goes home.

Iraq becoming 2006 election issue

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Iraq policy has already been cited as an issue in the 2006 midterm elections, with at least one candidate focusing his election campaign on an exit plan.

Hilleary to run for Senate in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, March 15 (UPI) -- The race to succeed U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., in 2006 kicked up a notch as ex-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary declared for the seat.

Analysis: Too close to call?

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- TV news divisions went into election night promising not to project winners in states where vote totals for President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry were too close to call, but the discipline didn't hold, as Fox News called Bush a winner
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Farrakhan opens Detroit Freedom conference

DETROIT, April 22 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday welcomed Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan to the city's third annual Freedom Institute weekend.

Former U.S. Rep. may try for Senate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Former Tennessee Congressman Ed Bryant says he may try a political comeback in 2006 if Republican Sen. Bill Frist retires.

The Peter Principles: Left turn

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- As most everyone expected, Democrats in the U.S. House chose California Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be their new leader. The vote, by secret ballot, split 177 for Pelo
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

Democrats name Pelosi leader in House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead a political party caucus in the U.S. Congress on Thursday, when she was overwhelmingly elected by her Democratic colleagues to be the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives. She easily beat her only cha
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Harold Ford Jr.
DNX2000081515 - 15 AUGUST 2000 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: Rep. Harold Ford, jr. (D-TN) waves to the crowd at the Staples Center arena during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, August 15. jr/Joel Rennich UPI

Harold Eugene Ford, Jr. (born May 11, 1970) is an American politician and the current chairman of the "centrist" Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). He was a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's 9th congressional district, centered in Memphis, from 1997 to 2007. Ford did not seek re-election to his House seat in 2006 when he unsuccessfully sought the Senate seat vacated by retiring Bill Frist.

Ford is the son of former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr. and Dorothy Bowles Ford. He has three brothers — Jake, Isaac, and Andrew — and one sister, Ava. His family has long been prominent in Memphis' African American community; their influence dates back to the late 19th century, when E.H. Crump, a prominent white Democrat, dominated city and state politics and befriended Harold Ford Sr.'s grandfather, N.J. Ford.

Ford was baptised at his church, Mt. Moriah-East Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Double Tree Elementary School, a public Montessori school in South Memphis, and he graduated from the private St. Albans School for Boys, a prestigious university-preparatory school in Washington, D.C.. He received a B.A. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. After graduation, he was a staff aide to the Senate Budget Committee, and in 1993 became special assistant at the United States Department of Commerce.

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