|Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate|
January 11, 2017
|Preceded by||Mitch Carmichael|
|Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 1st district
January 14, 2015
Serving with Ryan Weld
|Preceded by||Rocky Fitzsimmons|
|Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 3rd district
January 12, 2011 – January 14, 2015
December 2, 1982 |
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 2013)
|Education||Wheeling Jesuit University (BS, DPT)|
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. Ferns defeated Fitzsimmons. He was chosen as the West Virginia Senate Majority Leader in December 2016.
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"
|Democratic||Rocky Fitzsimmons (incumbent)||12,821||48.23%|
|Republican||Erikka Lynn Storch (incumbent)||10,705||37.64%|
|Democratic||Ryan Ferns (incumbent)||7,431||26.13%|
|Republican||Erikka Lynn Storch||5,410||28.23%|
- Staff. "Wheeling delegate to resign after DUI arrest". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
- "Statewide Results: General Election - November 4, 2014". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "Statewide Results: General Election - November 6, 2012". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "Statewide Results: General Election - November 2, 2010". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- West Virginia Legislature - Senator Ryan Ferns official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Ryan Ferns (WV) profile
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