A political icon and community leader in Nebraska for the past three decades, Brad Ashford is “coming home” to Creighton University School of Law to teach State & Local Governments in a Federal System during the 2017-2018 academic year.
A four-term state senator in the Nebraska Legislature (1987-1995 and 2007-2015), Ashford served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015-2016. He won his House seat by defeating Rep. Lee Terry, an eight-term sitting Congressperson in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. Ashford was one of only two Democrats in the U.S. to defeat an incumbent House Republican in the 2014 election.
Ashford’s term in Congress was highlighted by his ability to find solutions through public-private partnerships and consensus-building instead of partisan politics. He was the only freshman Congressperson in the 114th Congress to be the primary sponsor of a bill that passed – the bill that would create a new VA Medical Center in Omaha. Some of his other successes included a new runway at Offutt Air Force Base and Ebola-related funding for the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Throughout his legislative career, Ashford strived to make Nebraska a great place to own a business. He modernized business incentives making Nebraska one of the best places to start a small business. He also worked to improve education, raise standards for special education, promote career academies, and ensure fair pay for Nebraska’s teachers.
Other accomplishments during his legislative career included:
- Reforming Nebraska’s juvenile justice system;
- Passing legislation to crack down on illegal handguns;
- Increasing penalties for gang-related crimes and human trafficking;
- Spearheading significant reforms in Nebraska’s judicial system to significantly reduce prison overcrowding, enhance treatment programs and alternatives to incarceration, and save Nebraska taxpayers millions; and
- Helping to pass the largest tax cut in the state’s history.
A native Omahan from a 5th generation Nebraska family, Ashford is married to his wife. The two have sons, John and Tom, and a daughter, Ellie.
- BA (1971), Colgate University
- JD (1974), Creighton University School of Law
- State and Local Government