In 2018, the voters of Indiana Senate District 29 overwhelmingly elected J.D. to the Indiana Senate.
Since then, he was elected as Minority Caucus Chair and appointed to serve as ranking member on a number of important committees.
As the youngest member of the Indiana Senate, J.D. provides a sorely needed perspective and understands the value of hard work. From lowering the cost of life saving medical treatments to strengthening and improving our schools, Ford always stands firmly on the side of Indiana’s working families.
From a young age, J.D learned the importance of hard work and paying it forward from his father, a truck driver and his mother, an assisted living administrator, who worked hard to give him the chance to be the first generation of his family to graduate from college.
He also learned about community leadership from watching his grandfather, a city councilman, and his grandmother who served as city auditor, and those lessons have stayed with him throughout his career in the non-profit sector and they are with him now as continues to legislate for the people who gave him the great honor of serving as their State Senator.
J.D. is the first, and so far only, openly LGBT+ member of the Indiana General Assembly. He is a proud member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He lives in Wayne Township with his dog Stella and cat Sir Aaron Purr and enjoys sports, reading and spending time with his family and friends.