Drew Ferguson (politician)
Anderson Drew Ferguson IV (born November 15, 1966) is an American dentist and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district. The district stretches from the southern suburbs of Atlanta to the northern suburbs of Columbus.
|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Patrick McHenry|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Lynn Westmoreland|
Anderson Drew Ferguson IV
November 15, 1966
Langdale, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||University of Georgia (BS)|
Augusta University (DMD)
Early life and educationEdit
Career prior to CongressEdit
Ferguson's regular job was as a dentist; he had a family dental practice. He served as an alderman for West Point, Georgia, and then as mayor of that city from 2008 through 2016. He resigned in 2016 to focus on his race for the House of Representatives.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
In 2016, Ferguson ran for the Georgia third district seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland. He placed in the top two in the May Republican primary, and faced State Senator Mike Crane in the runoff; the two had finished within 100 votes of each other; both had about 27% of the vote.
For the runoff, Ferguson had the support of business-oriented Republicans, including the retiring Westmoreland. The primary and its runoff were expensive and bitterly-contested GOP; Super PACs and other groups outside of Georgia spent more than $2 million on the race.
In November 2018, running for re-election, Ferguson won by nearly a 2-to-1 margin over Democrat Chuck Enderlin with 191,700 votes, 66 percent of the votes cast.
Ferguson was sworn into office January 3, 2017.
In February 2019, Ferguson removed from his office a biography of Robert E. Lee that had been displayed in a glass case, open to a page highlighting the Confederate general’s racist ideology. Ferguson said that his staff had decorated his office and that he had been unaware of the displayed book.
Vote Smart reports that Conservative Review has given Ferguson a 55% evaluation, Americans for Prosperity has given him a lifetime evaluation of 100%, Campaign for Working Families has given him a 100% evaluation, Heritage Action Freedom Index gave him a 77% evaluation, the American Conservative Union gave him a lifetime evaluation of 93%, and the John Birch Society Freedom Index gave him a 57% evaluation.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Republican Study Committee
Running for election in 2016, Ferguson's main issues were securing the borders, destroying the Islamic State, strengthening the military, replacing the current income tax with a flat tax, repealing Obamacare, and supporting a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.
Ferguson has four children.
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- "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- "The Citizen Q&A — West Point Mayor Ferguson seeks 3rd District seat". The Citizen (Fayette Publishing). March 16, 2016. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- Leopold, Vicki (July 14, 2016). "Conservative Showdown for Congress in 3rd". Atlanta Jewish Times. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- Hallerman, Tamar (July 26, 2016). "Chamber of Commerce-backed Drew Ferguson wins 3rd District GOP runoff". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
- Hallerman, Tamar (January 3, 2017). "Drew Ferguson sworn in as Georgia's newest member of Congress". ajc. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- Hallerman, Tamar (July 25, 2016). "Swamping west Georgia: Groups spend $2.1 million on U.S. House race". ajc. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- "GA - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
- "Georgia U.S. House 3rd District Results: Drew Ferguson Wins". The New York Times. August 1, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- Sones, Aaron (March 14, 2018). "Army Vet To Take On Ferguson". Gradick Communications LLC (WLLB Local News). Retrieved September 4, 2019.
- "Georgia Primary Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. May 29, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
- Wright, Ben (November 6, 2018). "U.S. Reps. Bishop and Ferguson win big in re-election to Congress". Columbus Ledger-Inquirer.
- Byrnes, Jesse (November 27, 2018). "Scalise taps Rep. Drew Ferguson to serve as House GOP deputy whip". TheHill. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
- Thebault, Reis (February 13, 2019). "A Confederate book was open to a racist passage in a GOP congressman's office. He blamed his staff". Washington Post.
- "Member List". House of Representatives. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Members". U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- Jones, Tyler H. (February 1, 2016). "Drew Ferguson to resign as West Point mayor". Lagrange News. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district
|Party political offices|
| House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority