Brad Ashford, former Nebraska congressman, dies at 72, Everything on his Wife, Family

Brad Ashford, who served Nebraska as an attorney, State Senator, and U.S. Congressman, died Tuesday, just two months after disclosing his treatment for brain cancer.

His family, including his wife Ann Ferlic Ashford, announced the news on social media.

“We are broken-hearted to announce Brad passed away early this morning. His death was peaceful though much too premature.

He loved you all so much and the time you have taken these past two months to visit, call, write, or text has meant the world to him and to us. He was positive through the end and would want you to take today and every day to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, tell your loved ones you love them, read some history to learn something, and reach out to lift up your fellow human.”

The family of former Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford revealed the heartbreaking news that Ashford passed away Tuesday morning. He was 72 years old.

In February, Ashford told 6 News that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, saying at the time that he had started to lose control of his left side and couldn’t walk well. “I didn’t think it was a tumor. I had some heart issues impacted by pulmonary hypertension,” he said then, about to undergo treatment.

In a statement on Ashford’s Facebook page, his family said he was “positive through the end” and called his passing “peaceful though much too premature,” encouraging Nebraskans to take the day to “tell your loved ones you love them, read some history to learn something, and reach out to lift up your fellow human.

Early Life of Brad Ashford

John Bradley Ashford was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 10, 1949, to Don Ashford and Ellen Swanson.

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Don Ashford had served as a bomber during World War II and received a Distinguished Flying Cross. Ellen Swanson and her family had emigrated from Sweden and her father Otto Swanson had been a businessman in Omaha, Nebraska, who had helped with the formation of the National Conference of Christians and Jews due to local boycotts of Jewish businesses.

Net Worth of Brad Ashford

Brad who brought in $3 million and $5 million Net-worth Brad collected most of his earnings from his Yeezy sneakers while he had exaggerated over the years about the size of his business, the money he pulled in from his profession real–enough to rank as one of the biggest celebrity cash-outs of all time. His Basic income source is mostly from being a successful Politician.

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Brad‘s estimated net worth, monthly and yearly salary, the primary source of income, cars, lifestyle, and much more information have been updated below:

Estimated Net Worth in 2021$1 Million to $5 Million Approximately.
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Income SourcePolitician

Brad Ashford relationship

There has been not much information about his marital status. He was the son of his father Steve Asthon and his mother Ann Ferlic. He had a sibling in form of Japhet Asher


Talking about the career of Ashford, in 1986, Ashford considered running for the Democratic nomination in Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district against incumbent Republican Hal Daub. However, on January 15, he announced that he would run in the 6th district in the state legislature as more important decisions occurred at the state level and it would cost less than a congressional campaign. On February 3, he formally announced his campaign. 

In the general election, he received the support of the Democratic Party and defeated Republican-backed nominee Robert G. Cunningham. On January 7, 1987, Ashford was sworn into the state legislature and was appointed to serve on the Judiciary and Transportation committees for the 1987–1989 sessions. He was appointed to serve on the Appropriations and Executive Board committees during the 1989–1991 sessions. He was appointed to serve on the Appropriations Committee and serve as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Cooperation committee during the 1993–1995 sessions.

On August 14, 1993, Ashford announced that he would not seek reelection to the state legislature and that he was interested in running for the Republican nomination in Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district. On October 2, he formally announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination in the district and stated that his priorities would be to ban military-style assault weapons and focus on jobs and welfare reform. In the Republican primary he lost to Jon Lynn Christensen, who received over fifty percent of the popular vote, and narrowly came ahead of Ronald L. Staskiewicz. During the primary campaign, he raised $145,715.00 and spent $146,002.00.

Congressional primary

After losing the congressional primary Ashford stated on May 11, 1994, that he was interested in running in the Omaha special mayoral election. On June 1, he announced that he would not run in the election. He later joined Brenda Council’s mayoral campaign. Later on, On October 17, 2014, the National Republican Congressional Committee released an advertisement tying Ashford to Nikko Jenkins as Ashford had supported legislation in the state legislature giving early prison release for good conduct. Ashley Lewis, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman, stated that the ad had “no place in America”, Ashford stated that it was a desperate attack from Lee Terry’s failing campaign, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called the ad racist. After the release of the NRCC ad, he raised over $20,500.

In the general election, Ashford narrowly defeated Terry, who with Steve Southerland was one of only two incumbent Republicans to lose reelection to a Democratic opponent during the 2014 House of Representatives elections. During the campaign he raised $1,246,958.11 and spent $1,231,468.32 while Terry’s better-funded campaign raised $3,106,288.30 and spent $3,084,768.22.

Political positions:

In 1988, Ashford, Jerry Chizek, and Bernice Labedz sponsored legislation that would require all video cassettes marketed to minors to be given a rating label. The bill was created in response to complaints that Faces of Death and other graphic movies lacked warning labels.

In 1990, Ashford introduced an amendment that would allow the state legislature to confirm members of the appellate court, but it failed with twenty-one to eight voting against it.

On April 3, 1991, he voted in favor of legislation altering Nebraska’s method of Electoral College allotment from winner-take-all to being distributed to the statewide winner and the winner of each congressional district. The legislation was later signed into law by Governor Ben Nelson.


The Education qualification he acquired from Westside High School in Omaha and graduated in 1967. From 1968 to 1971, he attended and graduated from Colgate University with a BA.

Social Media status of Brad Ashford

He was active on Twitter and Facebook.

On Twitter,  as a @RepBradAshford he had ruled supreme for years, he had huge followers who he used to share plenty of details of life and political status. He was very keen on tweeting about his personal and political life on Twitter.

On the other hand on Facebook, he was very active as his timelines were full of his selfies and screen gabs about his own magazine covers. He used to post about his hobby, career, and Daily routines, informing readers about his upcoming tour dates and progress in the studio and also offering fans the occasional. On his Facebook page, Brad Ashford is short on words, preferring to post sultry magazine covers and video clips.

On top of that, he also has his own website.

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Some Interesting Facts on Ashford

  First Name Brad
  Full NameBrad Ashford
  Complete Family NameJohn Bradley Ashford
  Date of BirthNovember 10,1949
 Birth day November 10
 Birth years1949
 Birth placeOmaha, Nebraska
Birth cityOmaha
Birth countryUSA
Mother’s NameAnn Ferlic
Father’s NameSteve Asthon