Representative Ross Ford

Hi, I’m Ross Ford and I represent the people of Oklahoma’s 76th District.


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59th Legislature

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Sep 25, 2023
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Date Set for Ford Study on Domestic Violence Victims

OKLAHOMA CITY – A date has been set for Rep. Ross Ford’s interim study on finding ways to better assist domestic violence victims and to address the generational impact of such abuse. Interim study IS23-051 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in Room 450 at the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd. It will be heard by the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee. "I've talked with countless individuals and organizations who are excited to help Oklahomans and offered their assistance in any way. Together I'm hoping these subject-matter experts can help us understand what works and how better we can help these victims," said Ford, R-Broken Arrow. “I want to look at early intervention, programs that will help empower victims to leave their attackers before it is too late, and that help show what healthy relationships look like." Ford, a former police officer, said one area of focus will be how domestic violence forensic examinations can provide much needed support for district attorneys to help enhance punishments for perpetrators of this crime.  Ford said his study is made even more timely with recent news reports that show Oklahoma now ranks highest in domestic violence for both men and women and third in the U.S. for the number of women killed by their significant others. In addition, the Oklahoma Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is no longer operating after a loss of federal funding. This came after a federal audit found misspending of public funds by former staff and board members.  "I think with the position we've found ourselves in, it's imperative we don't just try to go back to the old method that allowed our state to rank the highest in domestic violence," Ford said. "Instead, we must look at a variety of options and organizations to try and break the generational cycle of abuse our state is in. While it is important to look after the victims, I want to ensure we are also doing what we can to help educate and prevent future victims." Rep. Ford appreciates all those who have contacted his office already. He encourages anyone else wanting to join the conversation to attend the interim study or continue reaching out to his office either to his email at  Ross.Ford@okhouse.gov  or by calling (405) 557-7347.



Aug 28, 2023
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Ford Offers Help to Combat Threats to Union Schools

Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, vowed to help track down those who have made recent bomb threats made against several schools in the Union Public Schools district. “I will work with law enforcement in any I can way to help protect the young people and teachers in our public schools and to ensure these perpetrators are punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Ford said. “I take very seriously the matter of school security and will not abide threats made against our children or our educators. Students, parents and all educators deserve schools that are free from violence and the threat of violence. “We must be vigilant to foster an environment where youth can thrive as they learn. I and many other lawmakers have worked hard to support our public schools with increased funding for our classrooms and teacher pay raises as well as many other policy changes intended to boost student academic success. We will not abide these threats of harm against the innocent.” Ford, a former Tulsa Police officer, served as director of security for Union Public Schools and was a former school board member. His House district includes the Union Public Schools district.



Aug 15, 2023
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Ford Study to Focus on Domestic Violence Victims

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, will host an interim study on finding ways to better assist domestic violence victims and to address the generational impact of such abuse. "As a former police officer, I unfortunately encountered many victims of this nature, and I've long wanted to find better ways to help them," Ford said. "With the news of Oklahoma now ranking the highest in domestic violence for both men and women and third in the U.S. for the number of women killed by their significant others, it's more important than ever for us as a state to look for improvements."  During his time as a police officer, Ford said he saw how domestic violence forensic examinations can provide much needed support for district attorneys to help enhance punishments for perpetrators of this crime.  Ford is looking for subject-matter experts to come together to brainstorms ideas and explore programs that would better help domestic violence victims. Ford wants to look at early intervention, programs that help empower the victims to leave their attacker before it is too late, and that help show what a healthy relationship should look like.  "A healthy relationship is not a controlling relationship, and it's important everyone out there knows that."  The study is additionally timely given the recent news that the Oklahoma Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault lost federal funding and could soon dissolve after federal auditors found misspending of public funds by former staff and board members. "With this potential loss of help and support for Oklahomans, it is incumbent we find solutions," Ford said. "I want to make sure victims have everything they need to leave an abusive situation." Ford explained that often victims must leave behind prescription medication and other belongings, and that is one area where nonprofits, the state and area businesses can help. Interim study IS23-051 has been assigned to the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee. The date for the study has not been set yet, but lawmakers have between Aug. 7 and Nov. 16 to conclude interim studies.  Rep. Ford encourages those willing to join the conversation to reach out to his office either to his email at Ross.Ford@okhouse.gov or by calling (405) 557-7347.