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Mike Ferguson (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/22/1970 (Ridgewood, NJ)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Warren Township, NJ
Education: BA in Government from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; MPP in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Occupation: Consultant
Office Type: U.S. House -- New Jersey District 7 

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Before his election to office in November 2000, Mike Ferguson was a teacher and small business owner. He was the founder and president of Strategic Education Initiatives Inc., an educational consulting firm, which worked with school reform and scholarship programs.

He also served as an adjunct instructor of political science at a community college and as a high school teacher and basketball coach at a Catholic high school in the Bronx, N.Y. He is the former executive director of the Catholic Campaign for America, a non-profit organization.

Ferguson received a degree in government from University of Notre Dame and a master's in public policy from Georgetown University in Washington.

Ferguson and his wife, Maureen, have two young children and reside in Warren Township in Somerset County.

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Mike Ferguson was elected in 2000 with 50 percent of the vote after prevailing in a hard-fought primary that included state Assemblyman Joel Weingarten and Tom Kean Jr., son of the former two-term governor. Both claimed Ferguson got undue financial help from the conservative Council for Responsible Government. He was his own biggest booster in the general election, loaning his campaign about one-third of the $2.25 million it spent.

New Jersey's Democratic organization complained to the FEC that Ferguson made the loans illegally, using money received as a gift from his parents.

He was re-elected in 2002 with 58 percent of the vote.

In 1998, Ferguson ran against an entrenched incumbent in a different congressional district, the 6th, and lost despite heavy independent funding from the HMO lobby.

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