Bill Ferguson (politician)

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William C. Ferguson IV
Bill Ferguson (2011).jpg
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 46th district
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Preceded byGeorge W. Della, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 36)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lea Ferguson
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
OccupationTeacher, attorney

William C. "Bill" Ferguson IV (born April 15, 1983) is a Democratic member of the Maryland Senate, representing the 46th district since 2011. The district is composed of parts of Baltimore City.

On September 14, 2010, Ferguson defeated six-term incumbent George W. Della, Jr. in the Democratic primary.[1][2] He won the general election with no opposition.[3] At the age of 36, he is currently the youngest state senator in Maryland.[4]


Ferguson was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from Davidson College with a double major in political science and economics in 2005.[5] He then joined Teach For America, teaching history and government to ninth and tenth graders at a high school in Baltimore for two years.[6] In 2007, he earned a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.[7]

Ferguson served as a community liaison on educational issues for the president of the Baltimore City Council from 2005 to 2006.[7] From 2009 to 2010, he was a special assistant to Andres Alonso, the chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools.[6] He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2010.[5]

Maryland Senate[edit]

In 2010, Ferguson challenged six-term incumbent George W. Della, Jr. for the Democratic nomination for the 46th district in the Maryland Senate. He won the primary election by a margin of 59-41%.[1] Running in a heavily Democratic district, he won the general election with no formal opposition, receiving 98% of the vote.[3] He is the youngest state senator ever elected in Maryland.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Official Primary Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.
  2. ^ Linskey, Annie (2010-09-15). "Ferguson topples Baltimore Senator Della". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ a b "2010 General Election Official Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.
  4. ^ Brody, Alan (2010-12-03). "Meet the Freshmen". The Gazette.
  5. ^ a b "William C. Ferguson IV, Maryland State Senator". Maryland Senate.
  6. ^ a b "Speaker Bio". Teach for America.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c Wilson, Kelly. "Were You Phenomenal Today?". Davidson College.