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Deborah Ferguson

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Deborah Ferguson
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 51
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi
Office website
Campaign website
Deborah Ferguson is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 51. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Ferguson's professional experience includes working as a dentist.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Insurance and Commerce
Public Health, Welfare and Labor, Vice chair
Joint Budget


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ferguson served on the following committees:



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Deborah Ferguson was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Rodger Paxton (L) in the general election.[2][3]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Ferguson Incumbent 73.8% 4,089
     Libertarian Rodger Paxton 26.2% 1,454
Total Votes 5,543


Ferguson ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 51. Ferguson ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012, general election as well.[4][5][6]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Ferguson 79.2% 6,794
     Libertarian Rodger Paxton 20.8% 1,786
Total Votes 8,580

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ferguson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ferguson raised a total of $34,362 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 8, 2013.[7]

Deborah Ferguson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 51 Won $34,362
Grand Total Raised $34,362


Ferguson won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ferguson raised a total of $34,362.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Deborah Ferguson's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Medical Society$3,000
Arkansas Democratic Party$2,500
Arkansas Healthcare Association$2,000
Stephens Group$1,500
Arkansas Dental Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$34,362
Source: Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[8]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.


Ferguson and her husband, Scott, have three children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marshall Wright (D)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 51
Succeeded by