Growing up in the Austin and Englewood communities in Chicago, La Shawn Ford attended Catholic elementary and high schools. He became the first in his family to attend a four-year college when he entered Niles College Seminary and then Loyola University Chicago, where he played on the basketball team and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Political Science.
For six years, Ford taught elementary school social studies and coached basketball in the Chicago Public Schools. As a licensed Real Estate Broker, he founded his own real estate business, Ford Desired Real Estate. He is an Illinois Licensed Insurance Agent and continues to be licensed as a teacher.
Ford is currently a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was elected to the office in 2007.
Biographical information from www.fordforchicago.com.
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