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Spotlight: Washington AG Bob Ferguson

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Working with law enforcement and community partners to develop strategies to reduce the supply of illegal opioids in Washington state.
  2. Creating a dedicated Environmental Protections Division that has brought environmental crimes prosecutions leading to over 30 criminal convictions and nearly $5 million in fines, penalties, and restitution orders.
  3. Protecting the civil rights of everyone in Washington by forming the Wing Luke Civil Rights Division.

Professional background: Prior to assuming office in 2013, AG Ferguson was elected to King County Council in 2003. During his time on the Council, AG Ferguson served as Chair of the Regional Policy and Law, Justice and Human Services Committees, and twice chaired the Council’s Law and Justice Committee. He began his legal career clerking for Chief Judge William Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington and then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest before joining the litigation department of K&L Gates LLP.

Education: AG Ferguson earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington, and his JD from New York University School of Law.

Personal: AG Ferguson, his wife, Colleen, and their twins, Jack and Katie, reside in Seattle. AG Ferguson is an internationally rated chess master, a mountain climber, a backpacker, and a birder.