Jack Ferguson Associates (JFA) has been in business for more than 35 years. In that time, the firm has been involved with major issues and legislation that has shaped the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest, particularly the State of Alaska.
JFA has maintained its stature as a small but influential company that provides its clients with a high level of personal attention. JFA’s specialty is a thorough understanding of the rules and individuals that govern the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, the process for moving legislation through committees and subcommittees, and the crucial role that timing plays in planning strategy for each two-year cycle of the Congress.
JFA has a positive reputation on Capitol Hill for building strong and long-lasting relationships with policy-makers, based on personal contact, integrity, and hard work. JFA has compiled an extensive record of advocacy on behalf of a wide variety of clients.
Jack Ferguson started his congressional career as a staff member for Representative Floyd Hicks of Washington State in 1970-73. He joined the staff of Representative Don Young of Alaska—now one of the longest-serving members of Congress—in 1973, starting as legislative director and rising to chief of staff. He worked on the legislation that authorized the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Aug. 4, 1973.
Jack began working for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in January 1976 as the chief of staff for the Office of the Deputy Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate. Major issues during his tenure included the monumental Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (which would determine the status of all federal land in Alaska) and the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act. As a Stevens aide, he worked directly on shaping the statutory language and the policy decisions that were incorporated into ANILCA.
Jack opened JFA on April 1, 1978, and has continued his direct involvement with many issues—both major and minor—as an advocate for Alaska and for many organizations and companies that do business within Alaska. Jack holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Oregon. His dissertation was on “Congressional Consideration of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.”