Local officials celebrate Ferguson being picked for Senate president

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State Sen. Bill Ferguson, right, poses with State Sen. Mary Washington. Image via Instagram.

In recent years, some have said Baltimore’s political clout in Annapolis is declining, with economist Anirban Basu likening the city’s influence to a “fading star” compared with other jurisdictions.

So the news today that one of the city’s state senators, Bill Ferguson of the 46th District, was picked as the successor to longtime Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller was embraced by Baltimore’s political leaders as a chance to have an advocate in a position of influence.

The senate president–a role Miller has held since 1987–guides legislation through the marathon legislative session, calls final votes and appoints a variety of committees.

Ferguson, a former teacher and special assistant to former Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andres Alonso, was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Below are the reactions of some of the city’s politicians to Ferguson’s selection.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young
“Over the last 8 years, Senator Ferguson has been a fervent advocate for the City of Baltimore, and a dedicated public servant to the residents of Maryland’s 46th District.

With a background in teaching, Senator Ferguson has been a leading voice for increased funding for public education. I know that he will be a passionate advocate for our children, and a committed partner as we work together with his colleagues in the legislature to ensure that Kirwan is fully funded.

I wish Senator Ferguson all the best as he transitions into his new leadership position. I stand ready to partner with him to move Baltimore City, and the State of Maryland forward.”

City Council President Brandon Scott
“Elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Ferguson is a tremendous, hardworking public servant for the people of the 46th District and for every Baltimorean. He loves our city and he loves our state. I know he’ll honor our city as President.

Senator Ferguson will ensure our greatest resource—our young people—get the resources they need for a quality education, regardless of their ZIP code.”

State Sen. Mary Washington
“I want to congratulate my friend, my… MGA class of 2011, and Baltimore City Delegation colleague, Senator Bill Ferguson on becoming the Democratic Caucus nominee to be the next Senate President. He has been a relentless advocate for quality, well funded public education for all Marylanders, and for our dear Baltimore City.”


Brandon Weigel

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