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Attorney General

Washington

Democratic

Current

starts 01/16/2013

Biography

Bob Ferguson is Washington’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.
General Ferguson’s ongoing priorities are:
Protecting consumers and seniors against fraud by holding powerful interests that don’t play by the rules accountable;
Keeping communities safer by supporting law enforcement;
Protecting our environment by representing the public and its interest in the proposed development of large, non-hydro energy facilities in Washington state; and
Standing up for our veteran’s by advocating for service men and women and their families.
Ferguson received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. Ferguson began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest. Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington’s leading law firms.
In 2003, Ferguson was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Ferguson’s district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.
Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state’s highest peaks. Ferguson is an internationally-rated chess master. His games have appeared in local, national and international chess publications. Ferguson has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.
Ferguson, his wife Colleen and their twins, Jack and Katie, reside in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle.

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