Drew Ferguson (politician)

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Drew Ferguson
Drew Ferguson official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Lynn Westmoreland
Mayor of West Point, Georgia
In office
2008–2016
Personal details
Born (1966-11-15) November 15, 1966 (age 52)
Langdale, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Children 4
Residence West Point, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater University of Georgia
Medical College of Georgia
Occupation Dentist
Website House website

Anderson "Drew" Ferguson IV[1] (born November 15, 1966) is an American dentist and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district. A Republican, he served as the mayor of West Point, Georgia.

Ferguson was born in Langdale, Alabama in 1966[2] and graduated from the University of Georgia, and the Medical College of Georgia.[3] He served as an alderman for West Point, and then as mayor of West Point from 2008 through 2016, when he resigned to focus on his race for the House of Representatives. He defeated Democratic Party nominee Angela Pendley in the November 2016 general election.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Tenure

Rep. Ferguson was sworn into office January 3, 2017.

Ferguson voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 on May 4, 2017.[5]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Domestic issues

Education

Ferguson opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative.[7]

Economic issues

Budget & economy

Ferguson opposes federal spending to promote economic growth.[8]

Tax reform

Ferguson voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[9] He says that middle-class families will get tax relief and that the bill will enable his middle-class constituents to save more money and that the bill will "positively impact your life." He claims that the bill will simply the tax code and remove "existing loopholes" that "can only spur economic growth."[10] He says that the tax bill "creates an environment where businesses and innovators can grow, create jobs and increase wages for hard-working employees."[11] He called the passing of the bill a "absolutely a great, great step for America."[10]

Social issues

Abortion

Ferguson believes that "life begins at conception." He supports defunding Planned Parenthood at both local and national government levels.[12]

Cannabis

Ferguson opposes the legalization of marijuana.[13]

LGBT rights

Ferguson opposed the federal government's decision regarding bathroom bills. In response to the Obama administration telling public school's to allow transgender people to use whichever bathroom they prefer, Ferguson said “Common sense has fled the addled brains of our nations leaders. Kickstands to the left, hoo ha’s to the right. We don’t need the President to make this decision for us.”[14] He also opposes same-sex marriage.[15]

Personal life

Ferguson and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.[16]

References

  1. "How KIA Came To Georgia - Georgia Trend". www.georgiatrend.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. [1]
  4. "Chamber of Commerce-backed Drew Ferguson wins 3rd District GOP runoff - Political Insider blog". Atlanta Journal Constitution. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml
  6. "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Drew Ferguson on Education". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Drew Ferguson on Budget & Economy". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Almukhtara, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 Zozaya, Jose. "GA reps react to latest tax bill's approval in Congress". WTVM. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Trubey, J. Scott; Hallerman, Tamar. "Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn't clear". myAJC. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Drew Ferguson on Abortion". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Drew Ferguson on Drugs". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Bluestein, Greg; Tamar, Hellerman. "The growing bathroom backlash from Georgia Republicans | Political Insider blog". AJC. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Drew Ferguson on Civil Rights". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Jones, Tyler H. (February 1, 2016). "Drew Ferguson to resign as West Point mayor". Lagrange News. Retrieved July 28, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lynn Westmoreland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 2017 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Faso
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
393rd
Succeeded by
Brian Fitzpatrick