Born and raised in Silver Spring, Bill Ferguson attended Davidson College with a double major in political science and economics. After a stint teaching at Baltimore’s Southwestern High School with Teach For America, he earned his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Ferguson went on to earn his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and work for Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon. In 2019, Ferguson was elected senate president, becoming the youngest person ever elected to that position.
In a recent interview with the Daily Record, Ferguson said he expected improved communication with the governor’s office, now held by Democrat Wes Moore after eight years under Republican Larry Hogan. Still, he said, Marylanders have grown used to the Senate playing the role as a leader in state politics.
“I think when the Senate led, Marylanders benefited, and I think that that will be the case, regardless of whom the executive is,” he said. “We will use a different set of tools at times, but we will continue to lead.”
This year in Annapolis, Ferguson said, he expected the legislature to adopt rules on how the recreational cannabis market will be licensed, regulated and taxed, as well as a constitutional amendment ensuring access to abortions.
He also expressed optimism that the legislature will accelerate the increase in the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.