Harold Eugene Ford Jr. (born May 11, 1970) is an American financial managing director, pundit, author, and former U.S. congressman who served from 1997–2007 in the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic Party from Tennessee's 9th congressional district, centered in Memphis. He is the son of former Congressman Harold Ford Sr., who held the same seat for 22 years.
Ford was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the eldest son of former Representative Harold Ford Sr. and Dorothy Bowles Ford. He earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 before going into government, serving as a staff aide to the Senate Budget Committee. In 1993, he became special assistant at the United States Department of Commerce. Ford returned to university for a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996.
When his father decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress in 1996, Ford entered the race and became the favorite in the Democratic primary, which was widely regarded as the real contest in the heavily Democratic, black-majority 9th district. He easily won the Democratic primary and the election in November. In four subsequent contests, Ford was reelected with over 75 percent of the vote. On April 6, 2005, during an interview on C-SPAN's call-in show Washington Journal, Ford confirmed that he would be running for the Senate. He filed the papers necessary to officially begin his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005. In November 2006, Ford lost to Republican Bob Corker by less than three percentage points.
After appointments as visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas at Austin, and New York University, Ford worked for Morgan Stanley as a managing director from 2011 to 2017. He also regularly appeared on television on political-related programs, such as NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC. On December 1, 2020, Ford was named Vice Chairman of Corporate & Institutional Banking at PNC Financial Services.