Drew Ferguson (politician)

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Drew Ferguson
Drew Ferguson official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Lynn Westmoreland
Personal details
Born Anderson Ferguson IV
(1966-11-15) November 15, 1966 (age 51)
Langdale, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Children 4
Education University of Georgia (BS)
Augusta University (DMD)
Website House website

Anderson "Drew" Ferguson IV[1] (born November 15, 1966) is an American dentist and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district. The district stretches from the southern suburbs of Atlanta to the northern suburbs of Columbus.

A Republican, he previously served as the mayor of West Point, Georgia, a city located between LaGrange and Columbus.

Ferguson was born in Langdale, Alabama in 1966[2] and graduated from the University of Georgia, and the Medical College of Georgia.[3] He served as an alderman for West Point, and then as mayor of West Point from 2008 through 2016, when he resigned to focus on his race for the House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Election[edit]

Ferguson ran for the third district seat to fill the void left by retiring Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland. In a contentious battle, Ferguson found his way into the Republican primary runoff against State Senator Mike Crane. On July 26, 2016, Ferguson soundly defeated Crane with 54% of the vote.[4] He defeated Democratic Party nominee Angela Pendley in the November 2016 general election.[5]

Tenure[edit]

Rep. Ferguson was sworn into office January 3, 2017.

Ferguson voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 on May 4, 2017.[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Education[edit]

Ferguson opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative.[8]

Economic issues[edit]

Ferguson opposes federal spending to promote economic growth.[9]

Ferguson voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[10] He says that middle-class families will get tax relief and that the bill will enable his middle-class constituents to save more money and that the bill will "positively impact your life." He claims that the bill will simply the tax code and remove "existing loopholes" that "can only spur economic growth."[11] He says that the tax bill "creates an environment where businesses and innovators can grow, create jobs and increase wages for hard-working employees."[12] He called the passing of the bill a "absolutely a great, great step for America."[11]

Abortion[edit]

Ferguson believes that life begins at conception. He supports defunding Planned Parenthood at both local and national government levels.[13]

Drug policy[edit]

Ferguson opposes the legalization of marijuana.[14]

LGBT rights[edit]

Ferguson opposed the federal government's decision regarding bathroom bills. In response to the Obama administration telling public schools to allow transgender people to use whichever bathroom they prefer, Ferguson said "Common sense has fled the addled brains of our nations leaders. Kickstands to the left, hoo ha's to the right. We don't need the President to make this decision for us."[15] He also opposes same-sex marriage.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Ferguson and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How KIA Came To Georgia - Georgia Trend". www.georgiatrend.com. 
  2. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "GA - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Chamber of Commerce-backed Drew Ferguson wins 3rd District GOP runoff - Political Insider blog". Atlanta Journal Constitution. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml
  7. ^ "Member List". Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Drew Ferguson on Education". On The Issues. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Drew Ferguson on Budget & Economy". On The Issues. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ Almukhtara, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Zozaya, Jose. "GA reps react to latest tax bill's approval in Congress". WTVM. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ Trubey, J. Scott; Hallerman, Tamar. "Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn't clear". myAJC. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Drew Ferguson on Abortion". On The Issues. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Drew Ferguson on Drugs". On The Issues. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Bluestein, Greg; Tamar, Hellerman. "The growing bathroom backlash from Georgia Republicans | Political Insider blog". AJC. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Drew Ferguson on Civil Rights". On The Issues. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ Jones, Tyler H. (February 1, 2016). "Drew Ferguson to resign as West Point mayor". Lagrange News. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lynn Westmoreland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 2017 – present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Faso
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
388th
Succeeded by
Brian Fitzpatrick