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Preceded by  Lee Terry
Succeeded by  Pam Brown
Preceded by  Jim Jensen
Name  Brad Ashford

Succeeded by  John McCollister
Role  U.S. Representative
Preceded by  Peter Hoagland
Spouse  Ann Ferlic (m. 1993)
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Born  November 10, 1949 (age 66)Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. (1949-11-10)
Alma mater  Colgate UniversityCreighton University
Office  United States Representative since 2015
Education  Creighton University (1971–1974)
Children  John Ashford, Ellie Ashford, Tom Ashford
Political party  Republican Party, Democratic Party, Independent politician
Similar People  Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry, Benjamin E Sasse, Jeremy Nordquist, Deb Fischer

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John Bradley "Brad" Ashford (born November 10, 1949) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party from the state of Nebraska, who was the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district from 2015 to 2017. He was formerly a member of the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 6th district from 1987 to 1995 and the 20th district from 2007 to 2015.


He was elected to the U.S. House in 2014, defeating incumbent Republican Lee Terry. In 2016, he lost his bid for re-election to Republican Don Bacon.

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Early life, education and career

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Westside High School. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1971. He earned his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1974.

Political career

Ashford served as an attorney in the general counsel's office of the Federal Highway Administration from 1974 to 1975, and as a judge on the Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations from 1984 to 1986.

Nebraska legislature

He was first elected to the Legislature in 1986 serving Nebraska's 6th legislative district. He was reelected in 1990 and retired in 1994. He ran for legislature again in 2006, and was elected to serve Nebraska's 20th legislative district. He served as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and served on the Education Committee and the Committee on Committees.

He was on the following committees:

  • Business and Labor, Member
  • Judiciary, Chair
  • Urban Affairs, Member
  • Omaha Mayoral election, 2013

    Ashford ran for Mayor of Omaha in 2013 as an independent candidate. He was defeated in the primary.


    In 1994, Ashford, then a state senator, ran in the Republican primary for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district seat. Jon Christensen won the 1994 primary with 26,494 votes, for 52.7% of the total. Ashford was second in the primary with 12,340 votes (24.5%), and Ron Staskiewicz finished third in the primary with 11,436 votes (22.7%).

    In the general election, Christensen defeated incumbent Congressman Peter Hoagland of the Democratic Party by a margin of 92,516–90,750 (49.9%–49.0%), with 2,044 write-ins.


    In 2014, Ashford was elected as Representative for the 2nd Congressional District, defeating 8-term Republican incumbent Lee Terry with 49.0% of the vote to Terry's 45.7%.


    Ashford ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 10, 2016. The general election race was characterized as a tossup, with Ashford being seen as having the edge. On November 8, 2016, he was defeated by the Republican challenger, retired brigadier general Don Bacon, who secured 48.9% of the vote to Ashford's 47.7%, with Libertarian Steven Laird receiving 3.3%.


    On June 19, 2017, Ashford announced that he would seek a rematch against Bacon in 2018. He is running against Kara Eastman, a nonprofit executive, in the Democratic primary.

    Committee assignments

  • Committee on Agriculture
  • Subcommittee on Nutrition
  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Tenure

    The Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization led by former U.S. senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy of Georgetown University, developed a "Bipartisan Index" that assigned scores to almost all members of Congress, using an algorithm based on their sponsorship of bills that drew co-sponsors from the other party, and on their co-sponsorship of bills introduced by members of the other party. In the 2015 session of Congress, scores for members of the House of Representatives ranged from a low of -2.07 to a high of 1.88. Ashford's rating was 0.78, the 34th-highest of the 438 House members who were rated. For the full 114th United States Congress, Ashford was ranked as the 14th-most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska.

    Personal life

    Ashford is married to Ann Ferlic Ashford. The couple has three children.


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