Ryan Ferns

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Ryan Ferns
Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate
In office
January 11, 2017 – December 1, 2018
Preceded byMitch Carmichael
Succeeded byTom Takubo
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 14, 2015 – December 1, 2018
Preceded byRocky Fitzsimmons
Succeeded byWilliam J. Ihlenfeld II
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 3rd district
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 14, 2015
Personal details
Born (1982-12-02) December 2, 1982 (age 36)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (Before 2013)
Republican (2013–present)
EducationWheeling Jesuit University (BS, DPT)

Ryan James Ferns (born December 2, 1982) is an American politician from the state of West Virginia. He was a member of the West Virginia Senate. Ferns was defeated for reelection in 2018 by Democratic candidate William J. Ihlenfeld II.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ferns was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010, as a member of the Democratic Party. He switched his allegiance to the Republican Party in November 2013. In 2014, he challenged Democrat Rocky Fitzsimmons in an election to the West Virginia Senate.[2] Ferns defeated Fitzsimmons. He was chosen as the West Virginia Senate Majority Leader in December 2016.[3]

In the early morning hours of April 20, 2012, he was pulled over by Wheeling, West Virginia Police and arrested for drunken driving. Quickly thereafter on April 23, 2012 entered a guilty plea before the local Magistrate and paid a $500.00 fine. "After Ferns pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, Wheeling police said he should have been charged with aggravated DUI, which applies to drivers with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.15. Ferns' blood-alcohol level was 0.22, nearly three times West Virginia's limit of 0.08"[4]

Election results[edit]

West Virginia Senate District 1 (Position A) election, 2014[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ryan Ferns 13,762 51.77%
Democratic Rocky Fitzsimmons (incumbent) 12,821 48.23%
Total votes 26,583 100.0%
West Virginia House District 3 election, 2012[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erikka Lynn Storch (incumbent) 10,705 37.64%
Democratic Ryan Ferns (incumbent) 7,431 26.13%
Democratic Shawn Fluharty 7,151 25.15%
Republican Larry Tighe 3,150 11.08%
Total votes 28,437 100.0%
West Virginia House District 3 election, 2010[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erikka Lynn Storch 5,410 28.23%
Democratic Ryan Ferns 4,958 25.87%
Republican Dolph Santorine 4,518 23.58%
Democratic Shawn Fluharty 4,277 22.32%
Total votes 19,163 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Latest: West Virginia approves abortion amendment". The News & Observer. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.dailymail.com/News/statehouse/201311250009
  3. ^ http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2016/12/ryan-ferns-selected-west-virginia-senate-majority-leader/
  4. ^ Staff. "Wheeling delegate to resign after DUI arrest". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "Statewide Results: General Election - November 4, 2014". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Statewide Results: General Election - November 6, 2012". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Statewide Results: General Election - November 2, 2010". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.

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West Virginia Senate
Preceded by
Mitch Carmichael
Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Tom Takubo