Senator John W. Ford - District 29
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Senator John W. Ford
Occupation: Retired - ConocoPhillips
Education: University of Tulsa, B.S. Business Administration - Management, 1968
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2004 - present
Hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Party: Republican

Oklahoma State Senator John Ford was elected to the State Senate November, 2004, and re-elected without opposition in 2008 and 2012. Senator Ford represents District 29, consisting of Nowata, Rogers and Washington Counties. Prior to his election to the State Senate, John had a 34-year career with Phillips Petroleum Company. His tenure with Phillips gave him the opportunity to develop the skills of an effective public servant such as business planning, prudent budgeting, valuable communication and thoughtful decision-making practices.

Senator Ford has a business degree from the University of Tulsa. He has lived, worked and worshipped in the area for over 40 years. John recognizes the importance of community service as exemplified by his participation and involvement in various community organizations and city and chamber committees. He is a founding member and past president of both the Bartlesville Area Friends of the Parks and the Daybreak Rotary Club. In addition, he is past president and on the Board of the Bartlesville Area United Way. His priority issues in the legislature are education, jobs, and government efficiencies.

John has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for Oklahoma’s children and for excellence in education. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has listed Senator Ford as having earned an “A” voting record on children’s issues. John has also annually visited local classrooms as part of the “Legislators Back to School Program” which is a bipartisan national program to give children the opportunity to get to know their elected officials. In addition, the Oklahoma Youth Services Association recognized John with its “Youth Advocate Award.” Senator Ford was also the recipient of the Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The Oklahoma State Chamber awarded John their Guardian of Free Enterprise award for 2015 and he was also selected to receive the 2015 Legislative Award by the OSSBA.

During his first term in the State Senate, John was honored with the Senate “Legislator of the Year” award by the Oklahoma Association for Home Care. John earned one of the highest scores possible in the “Legislative Report on Aging Issues” published by the Oklahoma Aging Partnership (OAP). The report featured legislation in the areas of financial security, long-term care issues and health care issues. The legislation and issues rated of top concern are determined by OAP, a non-partisan coalition including the AARP Oklahoma, Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature Alumni Association and the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.

In the past, Ford has served as Majority Caucus Chair and Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Education Committee, a position he has held since 2009. He also serves on the Appropriations, Finance, Public Safety and Appropriations Sub-committee for Education.

His wife, Mary, is a past public school teacher. The Fords are the parents of two adult children and have four grandchildren. John and his wife reside in Bartlesville and attend the First United Methodist Church.

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Capitol Address
District Address
Senator John W. Ford
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 424A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5634
Executive Assistant: Kathy Townsend
748 Brookhollow Lane
Bartlesville, OK 74006


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District Information: District 29

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Zip codes Represented

  • 74003, 74006, 74016, 74017, 74021, 74022, 74027, 74029, 74042, 74048, 74051, 74053, 74061, 74070, 74072 ,74080, 74082, 74083, 74301, and 74332


Counties Represented:

  • Nowata
  • Rogers
  • Washington

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