|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Patrick McHenry|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Lynn Westmoreland|
|Born||November 15, 1966|
Langdale, Alabama, U.S.
|Residence(s)||West Point, Georgia, U.S.|
|Education||University of Georgia (BS)|
Augusta University (DMD)
Anderson Drew Ferguson IV (born November 15, 1966) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district. The district stretches from the southern suburbs of Atlanta to the northern suburbs of Columbus, including a sliver of Columbus itself.
A Republican, Ferguson previously served as the mayor of West Point, Georgia, a city between LaGrange and Columbus.
Ferguson was born in Langdale, Alabama, in 1966 and graduated from the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia.
Ferguson was a dentist with a family dental practice. He served as an alderman for West Point, Georgia, and then as mayor from 2008 to 2016. He resigned in 2016 to focus on his race for the House of Representatives.
In 2016, Ferguson ran for the Georgia third district seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland. He placed in the top two in the May Republican primary and faced State Senator Mike Crane in the runoff. The two had finished within 100 votes of each other; both had about 27% of the vote.
In the runoff, Ferguson had the support of business-oriented Republicans, including Westmoreland. The primary and its runoff were expensive and bitterly contested; Super PACs and other groups outside Georgia spent more than $2 million on the race.
On July 26, Ferguson defeated Crane with 54% of the vote. In the November general election, Ferguson defeated Democratic nominee Angela Pendley with 68% of the vote.
In the May 2018 Republican primary, Ferguson faced Philip Singleton of Sharpsburg, a former Army helicopter pilot; Ferguson won with 74% of the vote.
In November, Ferguson defeated Democratic nominee Chuck Enderlin with 66% of the vote.
Ferguson was sworn into office on January 3, 2017.
In November 2018, after he won reelection, Ferguson was appointed chief deputy whip for the House Republican conference by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. This post is historically a stepping stone to higher posts. For example, future House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy once served as chief deputy whip.
Running for election in 2016, Ferguson's main issues were securing the borders, destroying the Islamic State, strengthening the military, replacing the income tax with a flat tax, repealing Obamacare, and supporting a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. He signed on to the lawsuit seeking to overturn the result of the 2020 election, one of four Georgian representatives to do so. The Supreme Court dismissed the suit on December 11, 2020.
In December 2020, Ferguson was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
Ferguson has sponsored legislation prohibiting abortion, including H.R. 20 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, H.R. 962 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 784 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 305 Sanctity of Human Life Act, and H.R. 369 Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2019.
In 2021, Ferguson voted against H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
In response to a 2016 American Family Association survey, Ferguson indicated on a Likert scale question that he agrees with the statement "Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds."
On May 19, 2021, Ferguson and the other seven Republican House leaders in the 117th Congress voted against establishing a national commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack. Thirty-five House Republicans and all 217 Democrats present voted to establish the commission.
In February 2019, a representative from the American Federation of Government Employees sought an apology from Ferguson for a biography of Robert E. Lee that was on display in Ferguson's office. The AFGE representative reported that the book displayed a page that detailed Lee's pro-slavery beliefs. Ferguson's spokeswoman relayed an apology, and said the book had been removed from display.
Ferguson has four children.
On October 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ferguson announced that he had tested positive for the virus.