Occupation: State Representative
Occupational Background: County Commissioner; Medical Assistant; Emergency Medical Technician; Newspaper Editor
Educational Background: BA Communications, Marylhurst College
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative, 2007- present; Lincoln County Commissioner, 1992-04; Councilmember, Mayor of Elgin, 1981-87
Personal: married with two adult children
Proven Leadership for the Central Coast
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 Medicaid assisted living facilities and help the state create a blueprint for more effective services for all seniors and people with disabilities.
IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Jean Cowan worked to expand Head Start and increase funding to K-12, community colleges and universities. She supported health insurance pools to help school districts lower costs, freeing those dollars for classroom use.
PROTECTING OUR INTERESTS ON THE COAST
As Vice-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness & Ocean Policy Committee, Jean Cowan ensures that our coastal communities are active decision-makers in wave energy and marine reserve issues. She supported increased financial assistance for disaster victims in coastal towns.
PUBLIC SAFETY and CONSUMER PROTECTION
Jean Cowan supported increasing the number of Oregon State Troopers on our highways. She helped pass consumer protection legislation that curbs predatory lending and mortgage foreclosure practices. She stood up for fairness under the law for all Oregonians, regardless of sexual orientation.
WORKING FOR YOU IN SALEM
It has been my honor to serve you in Salem. I'm proud of our accomplishments as we: set Oregon on solid financial footing with our new Rainy Day Savings Account; moved forward real healthcare reform; supported women and children's wellness; and invested wisely in business, affordable housing and environmental protections. I look forward to the opportunity to continue representing the citizens of District 10.
(This information furnished by Cowan for State Rep.)