Stateline.org does an overall excellent job of covering policy and political news from, as the name suggests, a state perspective. But the massive nature of its mission produces some not totally unexpected errors.
This week’s story about lawmaker bloggers includes a list of state legislators who have become active blog participants. For Indiana, it lists Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend) and Sen. David Ford (R-Hartford City).
Ford, of course, passed away earlier this year after being diagnosed with cancer near the start of the legislative session. We forgive the news organization for the oversight and will use it as an opportunity to once again celebrate the accomplishments of Ford, who represented portions of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Grant and Wells counties.
Ford was the Indiana General Assembly’s technology pioneer. He spent countless hours working toward increased technical capabilities in schools and other venues throughout the state. He also worked hard to convince his colleagues about the importance of the issues that many self-admittedly did not understand.
Chairman of the Senate’s Economic Development and Technology committee, Ford was co-winner of the Chamber’s 2004 Government Leader of the Year award — among many honors. In an interview in late 2007, he said his laptop was indispensable and he was happy to see more members of the Senate and House utilizing technology.
There would be no argument, either, that Ford was one of the true gentlemen to serve in the Indiana Legislature.