Former Memphis Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. is continuing to grab the bull by the horns, as it were, since leaving Congress.
The current Vanderbilt professor and Democratic Leadership Council chairman is adding another title to his resume, vice chairman and senior policy advisor for Merrill Lynch & Co.
Yes, that Merrill Lynch. The "bullish on America" Merrill Lynch.
The wealth management company announced today that Ford will join the company as vice chairman and senior policy advisor, effective March 5. Ford will advise senior management on domestic policy issues, serve as a member of the firm's public policy and social responsibility management committee, and support a variety of business development initiatives in the institutional and retail markets.
He will report to Greg Fleming, president of the firm's Global Markets and Investment Banking group, and will maintain offices in New York and Nashville.
Ford served five terms in congress where he sat on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Financial Services. In addition, he co-chaired the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus and the Community Solutions and Initiatives Caucus.
Ford earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor's degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.
After being derided during last year's senatorial campaign for supposedly never having held a job apart from politics, Ford seems to be making up for lost time as he collects new employers the way a teenager collects friends on MySpace.
Last month, he signed on as director  of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council while also affiliating himself with a "celebrity speakers' bureau." Earlier in January, Ford was appointed  visiting professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University.