Your state representative for the Eighth district
Elevating voices in
Illinois' Eighth District
La Shawn’s life story defines his philosophy as a public servant. Rooted in Chicago and a lifelong resident of the city, La Shawn Ford was raised by a single mother under arduous circumstances. His mission to serve others as an elected official is grounded by a belief that tenacity and perseverance can conquer even the most difficult challenges. La Shawn has never forgotten this life lesson, and it serves as the guiding principle in every aspect of his leadership.
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About La Shawn K. Ford
La Shawn is a firm believer in the power of responsible parenting and established the Council on Responsible Fatherhood, which aims to support fathers and help them to become more responsible and present. La Shawn consistently advocates for increased access to financial resources and institutions for marginalized communities and promotes the value of education among students in his district.
Issues & Legislation
Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 8th District in 2007, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. La Shawn Ford is focused on social justice issues and addressing disparities in employment, education, and the healthcare system. He has also worked to increase opportunities for ex-offenders, foster small business development, improve housing, expand protections for our veterans, safeguard our environment and address our state’s fiscal health.
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The Eighth District
Elected in 2007 to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 8th District, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is focused on social justice and disparities in employment, education, and the healthcare system. He has also worked to increase opportunities for ex-offenders, foster small business development, improve access to affordable housing, expand protections for our veterans, safeguard our environment and address our state’s fiscal health.
Ford to Again Lead House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee, Wants to Maintain Historic Investments
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will continue to chair the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee, which last year advocated for $2.9
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Campus mental health services are in line to receive $9 million in additional state funding this year following the advocacy of state Rep.
St. Rep. Ford Joins A Hall of Fame Cause in Conjunction with NBA All Star Tim Hardaway’s Induction into the NBA Hall of Fame
CHICAGO–On Aug. 30, 2022 from 9-11:00 AM, NBA All Star Tim Hardaway, The Support Group, C.A.N.D.O.R Enterprises and St. Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, will
As I See It
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