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.”

Congratulations to my friend, the State Senator who I get to vote for every four years, and Maryland’s next Senate President, @SenBillFerg! The State and the City are lucky to have you fighting for us!

— Eric Costello (@CouncilmanETC) October 24, 2019

Congratulations to Baltimore’s very own @SenBillFerg for unanimously being supported as the next Senate President of MD!

I look forward to building our partnership as we work on behalf of our constituents and beloved City!

— Shannon Sneed (@ShannonSneed4MD) October 24, 2019

So very proud of my Senator, and Maryland’s next Senate President, Bill Ferguson.

— Luke Clippinger (@LukeClippinger) October 24, 2019

Congratulations to my Senator, Bill Ferguson, on being elected by the Caucus as the next Senate President in Maryland! Thank you to President Mike Miller for his incredible and historic service to the people of Maryland. I know that Bill will do a phenomenal job!

— Brooke Lierman (@BrookeELierman) October 24, 2019

This is a great day for Baltimore and for all of Maryland: Senator Bill Ferguson will be the next President of the Maryland Senate. Yay! ???

— Del. Robbyn Lewis (@RobbynLewis46th) October 24, 2019

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Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...