State Representative
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Occupation: Lincoln County Commissioner

Occupational Background: Medical Assistant; Emergency Medical Technician

Educational Background: B.A., Marylhurst College

Prior Governmental Experience: Public Health Advisory Board; Treasurer for the Association of Oregon Counties; Mayor of Elgin

Personal: Jean is married and has two adult children.


Jean Cowan has spent 18 years working for her communities – as Mayor of Elgin and as Lincoln County Commissioner for the past 12 years. She is a thoughtful, compassionate leader who listens and works hard to get results.

Our Children Deserve More
As our State Representative, Jean Cowan will find ways to stabilize school funding and provide the educational opportunities we owe our children and grandchildren. Jean's background includes extensive research into education funding, and she understands the challenges schools face in our district.

Healthcare for our Most Vulnerable Citizens
As a former health care worker, Jean recognizes firsthand the challenges facing health and human services. In Salem, she'll work to lower prescription costs for seniors and improve access to affordable healthcare.

Improving Oregon's Economy
Jean Cowan will continue the effort to put Oregonians back to work. Oregon is a beautiful place to live, but it is imperative that we create and support the kind of family wage job growth necessary to energize and sustain its vitality and economic recovery.

Putting our Safety First
A former medical assistant, Jean has served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician EMT and reserve police officer. As County Commissioner, Cowan also helped create the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team, which has successfully gone after meth manufacturers and dealers. Jean also led efforts to get repeat drunk drivers off our roads.

Making State Government Accountable
Jean Cowan will work to close loopholes that allow companies like PGE/Enron to pay only $10 per year in state taxes. She will limit the influence of lobbyists and oppose efforts to allow them to give gifts to legislators.

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(This information furnished by Cowan for State Representative.)