Speaker Profile

Bob Ferguson

Attorney General
Washington Attorney General's Office

Bob Ferguson is Washington's 18th Attorney General. Standing up for the constitution and American values, Bob successfully blocked – and eventually defeated – President Trump’s original travel ban. The Trump administration ultimately decided not to appeal the first travel ban to the Supreme Court, and agreed to reimburse Washington for its court costs. Bob has been recognized as a national leader on consumer protection and a champion against dark money. He received the Washington AARP Fraud Fighter of the Year Award and the Washington State Labor Council "Power to the People" award. He secured the largest campaign finance penalty of any kind in the nation's history against the Grocery Manufacturer's Association, a group of multinational corporations that opposed Washington's GMO initiative. A champion for civil rights, Bob formed the Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit in the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Washington won a state Supreme Court case he personally argued guaranteeing same sex couples the same rights as opposite sex couples in the marketplace. As Attorney General, Bob also formed a Counsel for Environmental Protection and Environmental Crimes Unit to protect Washington’s environment and combat global climate change. Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. He is an internationally-rated chess master. His games have appeared in local, national and international chess publications. Bob has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship. Bob, his wife Colleen and their 9-year-old twins, Jack and Katie, reside in North Seattle.