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Sen. David Ford hospitalized

'Critically ill' in Fort Wayne hospital, family says

Sen. David Ford is “critically ill” in a Fort Wayne hospital, family members confirmed today.

According to a statement from his Statehouse office, Ford, 58, and his wife, Joyce, are awaiting prognosis later today by medical specialists.

Ford was hospitalized last week and underwent surgery late Friday, said Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne, in the statement.

“As an elected official, he and his family know there is some expectation of the public’s right to know," Long said. "As his colleagues and friends, we also respect his right to privacy.

"We will release information as it becomes available from David and his family. Our thought and prayers go out to them at this most difficult time.”

Ford serves as assistant majority floor leader and chairs the technology subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology.

In addition, he is a member of the Judiciary, Tax and Fiscal Policy, and Education and Career Development committees.

Last year, Ford was named a Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Earlier today, Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, held a moment of silent prayer for Ford before his tax committee hearing.

Kenley’s voice cracked several times while talking about what a thoughtful leader Ford has been in the Senate.

“He speaks his piece,” Kenley said. “He is willing to voice his opinion during a stampede the other way.”

The full Senate later observed a 30-second moment of silence for Ford.

Ford has served Senate District 19 – covering Wells, Adams and parts of Allen, Blackford and Grant counties – since 1994.

nkelly@jg.net

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