Senators

Jon Ford

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467
or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Ford@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Madalynn Conner
Phone: 317-232-9517
Email: Madalynn.Conner@iga.in.gov

Media Contact:
Lance Gideon
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: Lance.Gideon@iga.in.gov

Jon Ford

State Senator - District 38


Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2014 - Present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Elections, Chair

Family and Children Services, ranking member

Appropriations

Public Policy 

Governor Appointed

Indiana Arts Commission

Activities

Board member, Wabash Valley Community Foundation
Director, Vigo County Youth Soccer Association
Past President of the Board of Overseers, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
Former director of the Vigo County Youth Soccer Association
Former director, Indiana Manufacturers Association
Former director, March of Dimes of the Wabash Valley
Past Chair, Indiana Arts Commission
Past president, Indiana Leadership Forum
Former director, Leadership Wabash Valley
Co-founder, Edison Strategies
Elder, Central Presbyterian Church
Published author

Occupation

Small Business Owner

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian

Personal

Ford and his wife, Kirsten, reside in Terre Haute with their twin sons

Counties Served

Vigo and Clay counties and a portion of Sullivan county

Jon Ford

State Senator - District 38

Ford: Applications available for Indiana Senate Page Program

The Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the 2023 Senate Page Program, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: General Assembly kicks off 2023 session

State Sen. Jon Ford (R- Terre Haute) today gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 123rd Indiana General Assembly. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jon Ford 8/22/2022

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) made the following statement today following the tragic car accident involving Indiana State University students in Riley, Indiana: more »

Legislators invite public to statewide redistricting meetings Aug. 6-7, Aug. 11

Hoosiers are invited to attend one or more of a series of public meetings across the state on Aug. 6-7 and Aug. 11 to provide feedback on Indiana's redistricting process. more »

Indiana Senate Republicans urge IU to rescind mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy

Members of the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus today sent a letter to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie urging the University to reconsider and rescind the policy mandating all students and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. more »

Ford: Bill to protect Hoosier parents with disabilities passes House 4.12.2021

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would protect the rights of Hoosier parents with disabilities unanimously passed the Indiana House of Representatives today. more »

Ford: Bill to improve Indiana's election laws passes Senate 3.30.2021

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would make updates to Indiana's election laws passed the Senate with bipartisan support Monday, March 29. more »

Ford: Bill to fully fund virtual students in public schools sent to governor's desk 3.16.2021

A bill co-authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would fully fund students attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic was concurred on by the Indiana Senate today by a vote of 44-4. more »

Ford: Preserving Indiana's roadways and strengthening Hoosier commerce 3.10.2021

Indiana takes great pride in being “The Crossroads of America.” Our geographic location places us within one day’s drive of 80% of the major US markets. More than $650 billion in goods annually move through Indiana. Our state is ranked No. 1 in pass through highways and No. 3 in freight railroads. Hoosiers have a rich history of making and growing world class products that make our nation and our world thrive. The ability to move those goods and services effectively and efficiently across Hoosier roadways is a critical challenge that, as Hoosiers, we must respond to. more »

Ford: Bill revising TANF eligibility requirements passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) seeking to revise the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program today passed the Senate by a vote of 43 to 5. more »

Ford: Bill to provide suicide hotline on student IDs passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would require the national suicide hotline and human trafficking hotline numbers to be printed on or affixed to student ID cards passed the Indiana Senate Tuesday with bipartisan support. more »

Ford: Local students receive Next Generation teaching scholarships

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently awarded 200 Next Generation Hoosier Educator scholarships to high school seniors in Indiana, including four seniors in Vigo County, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Legislation to support cancer research passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would allow Hoosiers to designate their state income tax refund for cancer research unanimously passed the Senate on Monday, Jan. 27. more »

Ford: Bill to support children on Medicaid with serious mental illnesses passes the Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would extend inpatient mental health care services for a child on Medicaid unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21. more »

Ford: Legislation to support cancer research passes Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would allow Hoosiers to designate their state income tax refund for cancer research unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy on Tuesday, Jan. 21. more »

Ford introduces 2020 legislation includes bills on human trafficking, mental health and highway safety

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) has authored several bills for the 2020 legislative session, tackling a number of important issues including human trafficking, mental health and highway safety. more »

Ford: Bill to extend the statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses passes committee

A bill co-authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would extend the statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law today. more »

Ford appointed to Senate Committee on Judiciary

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on the Senate Committee on Judiciary for the 2020 Indiana General Assembly. more »

Ford: Bill to help prevent animal abuse passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would help prevent animal abuse in Indiana recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously. more »

Ford: Legislation to help nonprofits and preserve history passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would allow Indiana nonprofits and corporations to receive additional grants for historic preservation purposes recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously. more »

Ford: Legislation to broaden TANF income eligibility requirements passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would add new income eligibility requirements to the existing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program today passed the Senate unanimously. more »

Ford files legislation to increase police officer and firefighters pensions

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) recently filed a bill that would increase retirement benefits for police officers and firefighters. more »

Ford receives 2018 Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Advocate of the Year Award

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) recently received the 2018 Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Advocate of the Year Award during the annual Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Resource and Advocacy Group, Inc. (IFAAP) picnic. more »

Ford Presents Circle of Corydon Award To Superintendent Dr. Danny Tanoos

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, left) presents Dr. Danny Tanoos (right), retiring superintendent of Vigo County School Corporation (VCSC), with a Circle of Corydon Award. more »

Ford: Local Businesses Honored by Gov. Holcomb

Today, Gov. Eric Holcomb honored two local businesses during the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards Ceremony at the Statehouse, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Foster Parent Bill of Rights Bill Signed By Governor

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that requires the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to enact a foster parent bill of rights was ceremonially signed into law today by Gov. Eric Holcomb. more »

Bill Calling for a Study of Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Fund Signed by Governor

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that urges the Legislative Council to study the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund was recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb. more »

Editorial: Terre Haute Native, First Indiana Woman Elected to the United States Congress

This past session, I authored a Senate resolution to honor Congresswoman Virginia Jenckes. In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share why Congresswoman Jenckes is an incredibly important woman to recognize. She is not only an important icon in Indiana history, but in Vigo County, as well. more »

Ford: INDOT, Vigo County Officials Announce Terre Haute-West Terre Haute Connector

Today, representatives from Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Vigo County announced a new multi-use pathway to be constructed to connect West Terre Haute and Terre Haute, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Fund Bill Passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that urges the Legislative Council to study the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 97-0. more »

Ford: Foster Parent Bill of Rights Bill Passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would require the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to enact a foster parent bill of rights passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 94-0. more »

Ford: Tax Credit for Education Donations Bill Passes Committee

A bill that would provide tax credit for education contributions recently passed out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Foster Parent Bill of Rights Bill Passes Senate

A bill that would require the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to enact a foster parent bill of rights recently passed out of the Indiana Senate by a vote of 48-0, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Bill to Encourage Tourism Passes Committee

A bill that would authorize the County Council of Vigo County to adopt a county food and beverage tax recently passed out of Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy by a vote of 11-0, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R- Terre Haute). more »

Ford: Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Fund Bill Passes Committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would reduce the age from 52 to 50 at which a member of the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund is eligible to receive full retirement benefits passed out of the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor by a vote of 8-0. more »

Ford: Absentee Voting Bill Passes Committee

A bill allowing qualified voters to vote by absentee ballot recently passed out of the Senate Committee on Elections by a vote of 6-0, said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). more »

Senator Ford Authors Bill for Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Fund

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) announced he has authored a bill that would reduce the age from 52 to 50 at which a member of the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund is eligible to receive full retirement benefits. more »

Senator Ford to Author Bill for Foster Parent Bill of Rights

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) today announced he will author a bill during the 2018 legislative session that would require the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to enact a foster parent bill of rights. more »

Ford: Local Medication Disposal Sites

Indiana, along with the rest of the nation, is battling an opioid epidemic. Drug overdoses are now the No. 1 cause of accident-related deaths in Indiana and the United States. Our state is facing a crisis that is destroying lives and damaging entire communities. more »

State Sen. Ford to Host Town Hall Meetings

STATEHOUSE (July 14, 2017) – State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) will host two town hall meetings Wednesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 26. more »

Sen. Ford: Arts and Cultural District Development Legislation Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2017) — State Sen. Jon Ford’s (R-Terre Haute) Senate Bill 429 passed the Senate this week by a vote of 49-0. more »

Statement from Sen. Ford

State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) made the following statement regarding today’s vote on Senate Bill 354 in the Senate Committee on Public Policy. SB 354 would authorize Full House Resorts to establish a gaming facility in Terre Haute: more »

Jon Ford

State Senator - District 38

2022 Summary of New Laws - Sen. Ford

2022 Summary of New Laws - Sen. FordDownload

Jon Ford

State Senator - District 38