"The late Sen. David Ford was a true asset for our area," said Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), a good friend of Sen. Ford's. "His quiet nature and impressive knowledge of the issues facing Hoosier families made him a true public servant."
Members of the late senator's family, elected officials and representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation participated in the ceremony. Signs now announce the Sen. David C. Ford Memorial Highway. The ceremony was held Monday near Hartford City.
"His specific knowledge in the area of technology is legendary, and I was honored to be a co-sponsor of House Bill 1092, renaming the state technology fund The David Ford Education Technology Fund," Rep. Lehman said. "He truly understood what it meant to serve the people.
"The action taken today in dedicating a portion of State Road 3 is both proper and fitting as we remember the life of Sen. David Ford."
Sen. Ford, who died in March 2008 during the legislative session, had served in the Indiana Senate since 1994. He was a leading force in the creation of the Indiana Technology Fund, and he was an original member of the Educational Technology Council. He served on the Senate's Education and Career Development Committee, as well as the Judiciary and Tax and Fiscal Policy Committees. In 2004, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce named Sen. Ford its Government Leader of the Year. Govs. Otis Bowen and Mitch Daniels each honored Sen. Ford with a Sagamore of the Wabash award.
State Rep. Matthew Lehman serves District 79, which includes parts of Adams, Allen, and Wells Counties. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-382-9841.