Rep.-elect Brad Ashford (D-Neb.-02)

DATE OF BIRTH: Nov. 10, 1949
BIRTHPLACE: Omaha, Neb.
RESIDENCE: Omaha, Neb.
OCCUPATION: State senator
EDUCATION: B.A., Colgate University; J.D., Creighton University Law School
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: State senator
FAMILY: Wife, Ann; three children

Brad Ashford upset GOP Rep. Lee Terry in one of 2014’s most contentious races. Republicans slammed Ashford with controversial ads claiming he failed to toughen sentencing laws, citing a case where a convicted criminal left prison and killed four people.

The son of a decorated World War II bomber pilot, Ashford is a fifth-generation Nebraskan. In school, he worked for Nebraska Sen. Roman Hruska (R). After law school, he worked as a lawyer with the Federal Highway Commission before returning to Omaha to work for the law firm Bradford and Coenen, and serving in numerous state positions under both Democratic and GOP governors.

Ashford was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1986, serving two terms. He returned to the state Senate in 2007, serving as chairman to the Judiciary Committee.

Ashford lives in Omaha with his wife, Ann. The couple has three children.