|Address||8255 2nd Avenue NE |
Seattle, Washington 98115, United States
|| February 23, 1965
Dec 01, 2012 12:47pm
Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor - Pro-Smaller Government - Married - Catholic -
|Info||Robert Watson Ferguson |
Bob Ferguson was elected in 2003 to serve on the King County Council. Bob and his wife, Colleen, live in Maple Leaf, a quiet neighborhood in Northeast Seattle. Bob and Colleen recently married last summer at Parsons Gardens, just a block away from where Bob grew up. They are enjoying being newlyweds. Colleen is the Associate Director of International Education at Shoreline Community College.
Together, Bob and Colleen love the outdoors and hike on King County’s many great trails. In Bob’s free time, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and is a particularly enthusiastic backpacker and mountain climber. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and reached the highest peak of 45 states—with a goal of reaching the top of all fifty states. He is also climbing the hundred highest peaks in Washington State.
Bob is also an accomplished chess player. He is a nationally and internationally rated chess master and has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship. He has competed in international tournaments in Europe and his games and articles have been published locally, nationally and internationally. He coaches the Lakeside School chess team, which recently won a sixth consecutive state high school championship. When he is not hiking or competing in chess tournaments, Bob is an avid birdwatcher, a rabid Husky sports fan, and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, friends, and his many nephews and nieces.
Bob Ferguson is a fourth generation Washingtonian and grew up in King County as the sixth of seven children. Bob's great grandparents homesteaded in the 19th Century on the Skagit River near what is now Marblemount. His grandparents owned and operated the Broadway Meat Market in Everett. Parents Murray and Betty Ferguson met at Everett High School and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Murray Ferguson devoted nearly forty years to the Boeing Company in facility planning and budgeting. Betty Ferguson taught special education in the Seattle public schools for 17 years. Both are now enjoying retirement.
Bob became involved with government and civic activism at a young age. He was elected Senior Class President at Blanchet High School. A few years later while he attended the University of Washington, Bob was elected Student Body President and served as an ex-officio member of the University of Washington Board of Regents. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in political science.
After graduation, Bob spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Oregon. Bob lived and worked in an inner-city environment, running an emergency services office and tutoring children from the neighborhood. Bob continued his public service and political activity by serving as Executive Director of the King County Democrats from 1991-92.
Bob embarked on a career as an attorney by attending New York University. While in law school, Bob received a public interest grant and represented Yaqui Indians in Guadalupe, Arizona. After graduating from law school in 1995, Bob continued his public service by serving as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He subsequently served as a law clerk on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals with Judge Myron Bright.
Bob then returned to Seattle and began working at the law firm of Preston Gates and Ellis. At Preston, Bob was a litigation associate and represented several local governments, such as King County and the Port of Seattle. He also devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono work, particularly with non-profit groups attempting to preserve open space in King County.
Bob took a one-year leave of absence from Preston Gates and Ellis to run for King County Council in 2003. He knocked on over 20,000 doors to personally discuss County issues with voters. Bob defeated a twenty-year incumbent and now serves on the County Council.