Democratic Caucus Picks Senator Ferguson as Next Maryland Senate President

Following a vote from the full Senate, the gavel will be passed to Ferguson in January. Here's what to expect from his leadership...

Ferguson 280x21036-year old Bill Ferguson is a Democrat who represents the 46th District in Baltimore City and was elected in 2010. He was raised in Montgomery County, has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Davidson College, a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ferguson taught in Baltimore City Public Schools for two years through Teach for America and currently works as director of reform initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

Ferguson serves as vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. As a member of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, he has been a leader on education reform, supporting efforts to increase education funding and revamping Maryland public schools.

When the General Assembly reconvenes in January, the full Senate is expected to support Ferguson to succeed Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller who will continue to represent his district but is stepping away from his position as Senate President. Miller has been battling cancer.

The Senate President is the presiding officer of the chamber, guiding legislation through the process, overseeing debate and calling final votes. The president also appoints senators to committees and leadership posts, and influences which bills get serious consideration.

With Ferguson as Senate President and Adreinne Jones as House Speaker, both chambers will be led by Baltimore-area elected officials.