Bill Ferguson

President at Maryland State Senate

Bill Ferguson

Bill Ferguson

President at Maryland State Senate

Biography

Bill Ferguson is a Democrat running for State Senate in Maryland’s 46th District. He is a teacher, a public servant, and a citizen of the 46th District. Bill's political consciousness has gained scope and clarity as he has worked steadily and lived alongside real people in Baltimore City.

Bill’s commitment to progressive renewal in Baltimore City began when he came to work in the city’s public schools through Teach for America - Baltimore City. Bill began his working life teaching U.S. history and U.S. government to ninth and tenth graders in a breakout academy of the old Southwestern High School, historically one of Baltimore’s most challenged high schools. Recognizing the injustices that City Schools students faced everyday - too few classroom materials, dilapidated facilities, inferior student transportation options - Bill fought to establish a culture of achievement in his classroom everyday. By the end of his second year of teaching, Bill had motivated his U.S. government students to earn the highest scores in the school’s history on the U.S. government Maryland High School Assessment (HSA). While teaching, Bill also earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Johns Hopkins School of Education in 2007.Unsettled by the condition of the school’s infrastructure midway through his first year of teaching, Bill reached out to Baltimore City elected officials to advocate for facility improvements for his students. Bill’s passion for progressive education reform led the Baltimore City Council President’s Office to hire Bill as a part-time community liaison. For the next year on evenings after teaching, Bill served in this role to promote the need for community involvement in schools and to assist communities in their efforts to navigate bureaucratic inefficiencies. In December 2006, Bill received a Distinguished Presidential Citation from the Council President for his superior work in communities.Desiring to impact systemic education reform on a broader scale, Bill left the classroom to begin law school at the University of Maryland School of Law in 2007. During the fall of his first year at Maryland Law, Bill remained connected with the Baltimore City Public Schools, accepting a newly created position with Dr. Andrès Alonso as the then-new CEO’s Graduate Intern. For two years, Bill served in this capacity while attending law school full-time, operating as a project manager for the majority of the CEO’s strategic priorities. Bill’s work led to his promotion in October 2009 as Dr. Alonso’s Special Assistant. For the past three years, Bill served as Dr. Alonso’s point person in efforts to streamline the school system’s $1.23 billion operational structure; create innovative and web-based communication tools to increase school system transparency; and serve a chief role in the school system’s progressive negotiations with the Baltimore Teachers’ Union. Meanwhile, while in law school, Bill had the opportunity to further engage communities within Baltimore City. Through the Maryland Law Community Justice Clinic, Bill spent a year furthering attempts by City communities to better their neighborhoods. He assisted the Baltimore City Housing Department in prosecuting negligent owners of vacant homes through the vacant building receivership process; served as a student-attorney representing the Cherry Hill Trust in the organization's effort to expand youth opportunities; and published a scholarly article in the prestigious Maryland Law Review. Bill graduated from Maryland Law in May 2010 with magna cum laude honors and earned Maryland Law's Cunningham Award for Public Service and Academic Achievement.Bill Ferguson lives and works in the 46th District. He and his wife Lea met while both were school teachers in the Baltimore City Public Schools. A fifth-generation Marylander, Bill is passionate about renewal and restoring a sense of urgency to the ongoing fight for a stronger, safer, more livable Baltimore.

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Birthday

04/15/1983 - Silver Spring, MD, United States

Age

37

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President & Chief Executive Officer at C. E. Pugh & Company

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State Senator at State of Maryland (United States)

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Senator from the 21st district at Maryland State Senate

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Majority Leader at Maryland State Senate

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Majority Leader at Maryland State Senate

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President at Maryland State Senate
Education
J.D., magna cum laude
Class of 2010

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (University of Maryland School of Law or Maryland Law) is the second-oldest law school in the United States. The school was founded in 1816 as the Maryland Law Institute and began regular instruction in 1824.

B.A. in Political Science & Economics
Class of 2005

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,920 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Davidson competes in NCAA athletics at the Division I level, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the college.

Career History
President
2011 - Current
Special Assistant to Chief Executive Officer
2007 - 2010

City Schools is committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for college, career training, and life success.

High School Teacher
2005 - 2007

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

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