Birthdate: June 22, 1951
Birth Place: Great Lakes, IL, United States
Residence: Montgomery, AL
Therese Ford was born in Great Lakes, Ill., and resides in Montgomery, Ala. She attended the University of Alabama and received a bachelor's degree from Auburn University-Montgomery. She received a law degree from Faulkner University and a master's degree from Auburn University-Montgomery.
Between 1975 and 2000, Ford worked for the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center in Montgomery, where she produced the annual Crime in Alabama report and wrote more than 29 federal grants that brought millions of dollars to Alabama's justice and public safety agencies. She served as a deputy Alabama attorney general from 1994 to 2002.
She has taught American government to more than 200 high school students in the Elmore, Autauga and Montgomery County public school systems through the dual enrollment program at Auburn University-Montgomery that allows students to receive both high school and college credit concurrently.
She has an adult daughter.
Therese Ford is making her first run for political office. She faces freshman Republican Rep. Martha Roby in Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from Alabama's southeast corner to the suburban communities north of Montgomery.
Ford, a retired state employee, says she supports issues that she thinks will make life better for the average Alabama resident.
According to Federal Election Commission reports as of July 2012, she has not raised the minimum amount required to file a report. Toby has raised $888,059, according to the reports.
Ford said her campaign has been influenced by the fact that she survived cancer in 2001. She said she is concerned that Roby voted against the 2010 health care reform bill supported by President Barack Obama.
In response to the June 2012 Supreme Court decision to uphold the health care legislation, Ford, on her campaign Facebook page, criticized Republicans for trying to portray the legislation as getting between the American people and their doctors. She says the legislation "creates certain rules and regulations that prevent private insurance companies from getting between you and your doctors."
She favors preserving Medicare and Social Security.
The 2nd District has voted Republican in congressional races for much of the last 50 years. Ford said she is concentrating her efforts in the Wiregrass region in the southeast corner of the district, an area she considers more independent.
Source: Associated Press