William Ferguson, IV

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William Ferguson, IV
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Maryland State Senate District 46
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 4
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDavidson College, 2005
Master'sJohn Hopkins School of Education, 2007
J.D.University of Maryland School of Law, 2010
Date of birthApril 15, 1983
Place of birthRockville, MD
Office website
William (Bill) Ferguson, IV (b. April 15, 1983) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Ferguson earned his B.A. in political science and Economics in 2005, his M.A.T. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2007, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2010. His professional experience includes working as a Teach for America high school teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ferguson served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Budget & Taxation
Children, Youth, and Families
Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ferguson served on these committees:

Note: Ferguson also served on the Subcommittee on Education, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.



See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Bill Ferguson defeated Mateen Zar in the Democratic primary. Ferguson had no ballot competition in the general election; Zar continued as a write-in candidate.[1][2][3]

Maryland State Senate District 46, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Ferguson Incumbent 99.6% 17,320
     Democratic Mateen Zar (write-in) 0.4% 77
Total Votes 17,397

Maryland State Senate, District 46 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Ferguson Incumbent 89.8% 7,282
Mateen Zar 10.2% 829
Total Votes 8,111


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Ferguson was unopposed in the November 2 general election.[4]

In the September 14th primary election, Ferguson defeated Democratic incumbent George Della. Della has represented District 46 since 1982.[5]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Ferguson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Maryland State Senate, District 46 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Ferguson (D) 19,126 100%
Maryland State Senate, District 46- Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Ferguson 5,150 58.6%
George Della 3,641 41.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Ferguson raised $188,953 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Service Employees DC & Maryland State Council 54 $6,000
Seiu 1199 $6,000
Ferguson, Marie $4,250
Ferguson, William $4,250


Ferguson has a wife, Lea.

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Preceded by
George Della
Maryland State Senate District 46
Succeeded by