Kenneth Ferguson

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Kenneth Bernard Ferguson, Sr.


Arkansas State Representative
for District 16 (Jefferson and Lincoln counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2015
Preceded by James Word

Born August 4, 1951
Place of birth missing
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Cassandra Ferguson
Children Four children
Residence Pine Bluff, Jefferson County
Arkansas, USA
Religion Baptist

Kenneth Bernard Ferguson, Sr. (born August 4, 1951),[1] is an African-American retiree from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who is a Democratic state representative for District 16, which includes Jefferson and Lincoln counties in the southeastern portion of his state. Ferguson has held his legislative seat since January 2015.[2]

Ferguson was elected in 2014 in House District 16 to succeed the term-limited African-American Democrat James Word, also of Pine Bluff. In the primary election, Ferguson led two opponents but was forced into a runoff contest with intraparty rival, Win Trafford (born c. 1972), also of Pine Bluff, whom he led by nineteen votes. In the second round of balloting with a low turnout, Ferguson prevailed 1,170 (54.5 percent) to Trafford's 978 (45.5 percent). Ferguson faced no opposition in the November 4 general election.[3]

Representative Ferguson holds these committee assignments: (1) Revenue and Tax Committee and (2) City, County, and Local Affairs.[2]

In February 2015, Ferguson was one of twenty legislators who opposed House Bill 1228, authored by Republican Bob Ballinger of Carroll County in northwestern Arkansas,[4] which sought to prohibit government from imposing a burden on the free exercise of religion.[5] Representative Camille Bennett, a Democrat from Lonoke, called for a reworking of the legislation.[6] She claimed that the Ballinger bill would establish a "type of religious litmus test" which could impact nearly any law under consideration by the legislature.[4] The measure was subsequently passed by a large margin in the House and signed into law in revised form, SB 975, by Governor Asa Hutchinson.[7]

Ferguson is a former resident of Roanoke in Denton County in North Texas, dates unavailable.

References

  1. Kenneth Ferguson. Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kenneth B. Ferguson. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on February 4, 2021.
  3. District 16. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Opponents of Religious Freedom Bill Point Out Law Differences, Possible Unintended Consequences," Fox Channel 16 (Little Rock), April 1, 2015.
  5. HB 1228. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  6. Indiana, Arkansas try to stem religious objections uproar. Atlantic Broadband (April 3, 2015). Retrieved on April 14, 2015; material no longer on-line.
  7. "Gov. Hutchinson signs revised religious freedom bill; HB 1228 recalled," KTHV (Little Rock), April 2, 2015.