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Harold Ford Jr. is engaged

By The Associated Press

Democratic Leadership Conference Chairman Harold Ford Jr., a former Memphis congressman who lost a closely contested Senate race last year, is engaged.

Ford, 37, told a New York Post celebrity columnist he proposed to Emily Threlkeld, 26, on Friday during a trip to France.

He confirmed the announcement with newspapers in Tennessee. Threlkeld is a business development manager for fashion designer Carolina Herrera in New York.

Ford said his marriage proposal followed a three-year relationship.

Threlkeld contributed $4,100 to Ford's campaign in 2005 and 2006, according to data compiled by The Center for Responsive Politics.

Since losing his bid for the Senate to Republican Bob Corker, Ford has become chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, a vice president at the investment firm Merrill Lynch and an instructor at Vanderbilt University.

An adviser for Ford didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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