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Steve Holland
Lawmakers remember former Speaker Ford as consensus builder

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday remembered former House Speaker Tim Ford as a skilled politician who cared deeply about the state and his colleagues. Ford was 63 when he died of a heart attack Friday in Oxford. The Baldwyn Democrat served in the House starting in 1980 and was speaker, presiding officer of the 122-member chamber, from 1988 to 2004. Legislators packed into the House chamber for a memorial service Thursday. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland is from north Mississippi's Lee County, as was Ford. Holland recalled Thursday that he was not expected to win his first House election, in 1983, but he did — and he knocked out a candidate preferred by then-Speaker C.B....