One to One with Bill Goodman

One to One with Bill Goodman

Wendell Ford (#106)

One to One with Bill Goodman

Wendell Ford, former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senate majority whip, talks about Washington and Frankfort politics.

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Wendell Ford discusses his life in politics, from his years as Kentucky’s governor to his career in the U.S. Senate.

Ford defeated Bert Combs in the Democratic primary in 1971 and then was elected governor. During his gubernatorial term, Ford was able to implement several initiatives involving tax changes, reorganization of state government, and increases in education spending. In 1974, he took his political skills on to Washington, DC, resigning the governorship after he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ford was re-elected several times and ended up as the longest-serving senator in Kentucky history. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Democratic Senate whip, the number two position among Senate Democrats. He retired in 1999 and returned home to Owensboro.


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