By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Tim Ford, former speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, recently was awarded the University of Mississippi Distinguished Alumni Award in Public Service.
Ford, who represented Lee, Pontotoc and Prentiss counties in the Legislature, was elected to the House in 1980 and served as speaker from 1988 until 2004. He earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Ole Miss.
During his tenure as speaker, Ford was known for his ability to hold the House together in spite of partisanship pressures and a newly diverse chamber. He also was an important supporter of higher education and was instrumental in securing funding for the Advanced Education Center in Tupelo.
Ford is a partner with Balch amp& Bingham LLP, which has pledged funds to the Department of Political Science for the Tim Ford Public Service Scholarship that will allow students to participate in legislative internships.