Michael A. Ferguson

Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Leader of BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team, the Honorable Michael Ferguson served for nearly a decade in Congress and held leadership roles on key policy initiatives, from healthcare to financial services, with an eye toward advocating for legislative solutions that removed regulatory roadblocks to innovation. As vice chairman of the House’s principal healthcare subcommittee, he led key policy reforms, including the creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit and pharmaceutical and medical device user fee reauthorizations. He also participated in several financial services investigations and helped lead passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other financial industry reforms following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After retiring from Congress, Mike founded Ferguson Strategies, a government affairs and public policy consulting firm that served a range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and start-up firms. 

Appointed by Governor Chris Christie and unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate, Mike was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority from 2011 until 2018.

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  • Played a pivotal role in shepherding the passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2003 as vice chairman of the House’s Health Subcommittee, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • While on the Financial Services Committee, held leadership roles in the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Experience

  • Played a pivotal role in shepherding the passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2003 as the vice chairman of the House’s Health Subcommittee, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • While on the Financial Services Committee, held leadership roles in the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Authored and shepherded passage of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006, which champions pioneering healthcare policies that improve treatment options for patients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Equity Markets Association (EMA): Founding Director
  • University of Notre Dame, Center for Ethics and Culture: Executive Advisory Board
  • New Jersey Gubernatorial Transition Team: Chairman, Treasury Department Transition (2009 to 2010)

Videos

Community

  • Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.
    • Director (2016 to 2018)
    • Chairman of the Board (2016 to 2018)
  • NanoVibronix, Inc.: Board of Directors
  • United States Golf Association (USGA): Regional Affairs Committee
  • National Italian American Foundation (NIAF): Board of Directors
  • New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority: Chairman, Board of Commissioners (2011 to 2018)
  • Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee: Senior Advisor (2012 to 2013)

Services

Prior Positions

  • Ferguson Strategies: Chairman/CEO (2009 to 2016) 
  • U.S. House of Representatives: Member of Congress (2001 to 2009)
    • House Committee on Energy and Commerce (2003 to 2009)
      • Subcommittee on Health: Vice Chairman
      • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet: Member
    • House Committee on Financial Services (2001 to 2003)
      • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises: Member
      • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit: Member
      • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade: Member
    • House Leadership Team: Assistant Whip

Admissions

  • [Not an Attorney]

Education

  • M.P.P., Georgetown University, 1995
  • B.A., Government, University of Notre Dame, 1992

Blog

In The Blogs

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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
December 9, 2019
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The year-end legislative push is accelerating as lawmakers seek to wrap up spending negotiations and other policy priorities this week. •...
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Ohio Clock
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
December 9, 2019
YEAR-END LEGISLATIVE OVERDRIVE This week is crunch time on a host of legislative priorities, and various health-related provisions hang in the balance. Lawmakers and staff worked all weekend negotiating on legislation to fund the...
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Ohio Clock
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
December 2, 2019
HEALTH PROVISIONS FACE UNCERTAINTY AS CONGRESS RETURNS FOR BUSY DECEMBER Lawmakers return to Washington this week after the Thanksgiving holiday with only 18 days before the government runs out of money – and that’s not even the most...
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
December 2, 2019
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress returns from Thanksgiving break with a full agenda, including working toward a funding bill to keep the government open beyond Dec...
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
November 18, 2019
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The House plans to take up a short-term spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 20. • President Donald Trump on Wednesday will visit...
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