Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been offered the post of Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration, but has not formally accepted, two people familiar with the matter said today.
Ford, a moderate Democrat and scion of a prominent Tennessee political family, is currently a managing director in New York at investment firm Morgan Stanley & Co. Ford, 46, represented Tennessee's 9th Congressional district, centered in Memphis, from 1997 to 2007. His father, former Congressman Harold Ford Sr., held the same seat for 22 years.
In 2006, Ford ran for the Senate seat in Tennessee vacated by retiring Bill Frist. However, he lost to Sen. Bob Corker (R) by a narrow margin.
Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) is another potential candidate for the DOT job, according to reports.