William David Ford
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Barbara-Rose Collins|
|Succeeded by||Lynn Rivers|
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||John Dingell, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Barbara-Rose Collins|
August 6, 1927|
|Died||August 14, 2004
Ypsilanti Township, Michigan
|Political social gathering||Democratic|
|Residence||Ypsilanti Township, Michigan|
|Alma mater||University of Denver|
William David Ford (August 6, 1927 – August 14, 2004) was a U.S. Representative from Michigan and namesake of the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Ford was identified for his assist of employees and academic alternative. Among his vital legislative accomplishments have been authoring the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “Plant Closing Act”) and the Middle Income Student Assistance Act, and his key function in passing the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. In 1994, the Federal Direct Student Loan Program was named in his honor.
Ford was born in Detroit and attended Henry Ford Trade School, Melvindale High School, Nebraska State Teachers College, and Wayne State University. His father, a Scottish immigrant, was an autoworker who was killed on the job, an incident that influenced Ford’s political opinions.
He interrupted his research to serve within the United States Navy throughout World War II, 1944–1946. He additionally served within the United States Air Force Reserve from 1950 to 1958.
After the conflict, he acquired a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1949, and a J.D. from that college’s College of Law in 1951. He was admitted to the bar in 1951 and practiced legislation in Taylor, Michigan. He was justice of the peace for Taylor Township, 1955–1957; metropolis legal professional for Melvindale, 1957–1959; and legal professional for Taylor Township, 1957–1964.
He was a delegate to the Michigan constitutional conference, 1961–1962, which drafted the state structure adopted in 1963. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate, 1962–1964; member and officer of Michigan’s Sixteenth District Democratic Organization, 1952–1964; delegate to Michigan Democratic conventions, 1952–1970, and to the Democratic National Convention in 1968. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives for the 89th and the fourteen succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1995.
He was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service within the 97th by one hundred and first Congresses, and of the Committee on Education and Labor within the 102nd and 103rd Congresses. He didn’t search re-election within the 1994 election.
Ford died in 2004 at his house in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan of problems from a stroke and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Despite their shared surname and residential state, William D. Ford was not associated to both the Henry Ford household or U.S. president Gerald Ford.