Johnny L. Ford was born on August 23, 1942, in Midway, Alabama, and was raised as a child and attended elementary school in Tuskegee. He is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute High School, which is the home of Tuskegee University, "The Pride of the Swift Growing South." Further, Representative Ford received his B.A. in History and Sociology from Knoxville College, his Master's of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery, and has received four Honorary Doctorate Degrees. He has three children: John, Christopher, and Tiffany.
A former Mayor of the city of Tuskegee for 24 years, Ford was re-elected in 2004 to the mayoral post in Tuskegee. Mayor Ford was the first black mayor in Alabama and is known world wide for his work as a civil rights hero. Ford served from 1998 - 2004 as State Representative of the 82nd District from Macon County.
Ford is the founder and Director General of the World Conference of Mayors, Inc. and also serves as President of Johnny Ford and Associates, Inc. Ford is the President-emeritus and Founder of the National Conference of Black Mayors and a former member of the following: Alabama Foreign Trade Commission, Chairman of the National Utility Alliance, and the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority.He has served as a former U.S. Presidential Appointee to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism and the U.S. Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. Representative Ford is also a past President of the Alabama League of Municipalities, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, the Founding President of the Tuskegee Optimist Club, and is a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, the home church of Dr. Booker T. Washington.