Headline: Ferguson to seek reelection to State House of Representatives

Byline: Special to The Commercial

State Rep. Kenneth Ferguson has announce that he will seek re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 16, which includes portions of Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

Ferguson was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in November 2014 where he is currently serving his third term. He presently serves as the chairperson of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee. He also serves on the Joint Budget Committee, the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee, the House Insurance and Commerce Committee and the House Rules Committee.

In addition, Ferguson serves on two Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC) Executive Subcommittees. He is the vice chair of the Personnel Subcommittee and is a member of the Performance, Evaluation, Expenditure Review (PEER) Subcommittee, both of the ALC.

For the past year, Ferguson has been working on a bill that will help to improve the method of care for cancer patients in Arkansas.

“I will be working on this in the upcoming legislative session,” Ferguson says. “It was sent to interim study and I intend to introduce it in the upcoming general session.”

He has also co-sponsored two bills. One will update the colorectal cancer prevention, early detection and treatment act.

“In 2015, colorectal cancer was the second leading cause of cancer death in Arkansas,” the bill reads. “Arkansas presently has higher incidences of colorectal cancer and higher rates of death resulting from colorectal cancer than the national average.”

The second bill Ferguson has co-sponsored creates an academic support scholarship to offset the costs associated with the preparation for college and college readiness assessments. The scholarship, which will be administered by the Department of Higher Education, will help reduce college remediation requirements and increase the number of college graduates in Arkansas.

A native of Pine Bluff, Ferguson is a 1973 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science. He is a 1969 graduate of the former Merrill High School in Pine Bluff.

He has been a member of Saint Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff all of his life. He and his wife, Cassandra, have four children and four grandchildren.

He entered local government where he worked in Pine Bluff City government for 27 years and four months, until November 2007 when he was appointed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe as the executive director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.

His board and commission affiliations include being a former member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, former board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and a former Board Trustee for Southeast Arkansas College.

To learn more about Ferguson and his campaign, call 870.413.8942 or send an email to kenconsolidate@yahoo.com.