Occupation: State Representative
Occupational Background: County Commissioner; Medical Assistant; Emergency Medical Technician; Newspaper Editor
Educational Background: BA Organizational Communications, Marylhurst College
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative, 2007-present; Lincoln County Commissioner, 1992-2004; Elgin City Councilor & Mayor, 1982-1987
Proven, Independent Leadership for the Central Coast
CREATING JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Jean Cowan secured state funding to help relocate the NOAA Marine Operations Center - Pacific to Newport and matching funds to support Oregon State University in its quest to build a new Marine Mammal Institute at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. She supported capital improvements for Oregon Coast Community College; and for highway projects which will finish the last leg of the Highway 20 upgrade and begin work on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, creating hundreds of construction jobs.
KEEPING OUR SENIORS HEALTHY AND INDEPENDENT
Jean Cowan is leading the effort in Oregon to improve our state's long-term care system for our growing senior population. She authored legislation that will expand access to community-based care options and is helping the state create a blueprint for more effective services for all seniors and people with disabilities.
PROTECTING VETERANS, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Jean Cowan leads efforts connecting our deserving veterans with the services to which they are entitled. Jean continues to work for adequate funding for public education. Jean supported efforts to increase the number of State Troopers on our highways and provide 24/7 coverage in our rural communities.
LOOKING OUT FOR OUR INTERESTS ON THE COAST
Jean Cowan continues to ensure that our coastal communities are active decision-makers in wave energy and marine reserve issues. She supported legislation reinstating a moratorium on offshore oil drilling, expanding seafloor mapping, and coordinating competing interests for our territorial waters.
"I'll continue looking for bipartisan solutions that put the Central Coast first. We need to put narrow partisan interests aside and work together to turn our economy around."
(This information furnished by Cowan for State Rep.)