Brad Owen

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Brad Owen
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Lieutenant Governor of Washington
Incumbent
In office
January 15, 1997 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoel Pritchard (R)
Compensation
Base salary$93,948
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,374,429
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Washington State Senate
January 10, 1983 – January 15, 1997
Washington House of Representatives
1976-1982
Shelton City Finance Commission
1976-1979
Education
High schoolFrankfurt American High School (1968)
OtherWalla Walla College Honorary Doctorate
Personal
BirthdayMay 23, 1950
Place of birthTacoma, Washington
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brad Owen (born May 23, 1950, in Tacoma, WA) is the 15th and current Lieutenant Governor of Washington. A Democrat, he was first elected in 1996 and has subsequently been re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. As lieutenant governor, Owen serves as President of the Washington State Senate.[1]

Owen was most recently re-elected in the 2012 general election. The night after the polls closed, on November 7, 2012, Owen's challenger Bill Finkbeiner (R) conceded the race.[2]

Owen entered politics at the age of 25 when he was elected to the Shelton City Finance Commission. Soon after, in 1976, he was elected to the state House. He served in that body until his election to the state Senate in 1983.[3]

Owen has focused on public health and safety issues, especially substance abuse and prevention.[4] Known as an independent thinker, Owen has said, "I’ve tried to be the most bipartisan Lieutenant Governor in the history of our state."[5]

Biography

Owen was a small business owner before entering politics. In 1989, he formed a non-profit organization called Strategies for Youth to fight substance abuse among Washington's young people. His entrance into politics came when he was elected as Shelton City Finance Commissioner. [6]

Education

  • Frankfurt American High School, 1968
  • Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Humanities), Walla Walla College

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Washington (1996-present)

Owen was first elected lieutenant governor in 1996 and has subsequently been re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. His current term expires in 2017. As lieutenant governor, Owen serves as President of the Washington State Senate.[1]

State Legislature (1976-1996)

Owen was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1976. In 1983, he was elected to the Washington State Senate, where he served until his election at lieutenant governor.

Elections

2012

See also: Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Owen won re-election in 2012. He finished first among five candidates in the August 7th blanket primary and defeated Bill Finkbeiner in the general election.[7][8]

Lieutenant Governor of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen Incumbent 53.7% 1,575,133
     Republican Bill Finkbeiner 46.3% 1,359,212
Total Votes 2,934,345
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.
Primary
Lt. Governor of Washington, Primary election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen 48.5% 648,110
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Finkbeinder 26.4% 352,195
     Republican Glenn Anderson 17.2% 229,318
     No Party Preference James Robert Deal 4% 53,694
     Democracy Independent Mark Greene 3.5% 46,534
     Neopopulist Dave T. Sumner IV 0.5% 6,057
Total Votes 1,335,908
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State (dead link)


Issues

On his 2012 campaign website, Owen outlined the following priorities:

  • Economic development: At a time of high unemployment, Owen’s highest priority is to use the Lt. Governor’s office as a vehicle to bring jobs and economic development to our state. He will continue to work with constituents and businesses throughout our state to promote Washington state products and services.
Brad will continue his work as a Goodwill Ambassador for our state, developing and maintaining strong relationships with other states and countries. When asked, he will take trade missions to countries throughout the world promoting Washington State products and workers. Throughout his service as Lt. Governor, Brad has been able to make these trade missions to promote Washington state products at very little and in most cases no expense to the taxpayer.[9]
  • Independence: Owen has always been an independent voice for all voters of the state of Washington. He has a long history of working with labor and business to bring jobs and other opportunities into Washington state and to do his very best to lower taxes whenever possible.[9]
  • Honesty and integrity:

Owen believes that the voters of Washington state deserve a campaign based upon the facts and each of the candidates true positions on the issues. He pledges to run a clean and honest campaign. Brad promises to take positions on issues that benefit our state and run a positive issue oriented campaign. Brad promises to tell you exactly how much money he has raised, where the money is coming from and not to make false claims.[9]

  • Modernizing government: Brad Owen will continue to have an “open door” policy in his office for anyone in need of help. He will also continue his focus to make Washington State the most efficient government in the country.[9]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Brad Owen won re-election to the office of Washington Lieutenant Governor. He defeated Marcia McCraw (R) in the general election.

Washington Lieutenant Governor, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen Incumbent 60.8% 1,718,033
     Republican Marcia McCraw 39.2% 1,107,634
Total Votes 2,825,667
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State

2004

On November 2, 2004, Brad Owen won re-election to the office of Washington Lieutenant Governor. He defeated Jim Wiest (R), Jocelyn A. Langlois (L) and Bern Haggerty (G) in the general election.

Washington Lieutenant Governor, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen Incumbent 54.4% 1,443,505
     Republican Jim Wiest 38.4% 1,019,790
     Libertarian Jocelyn A. Langlois 4.4% 117,147
     Green Bern Haggerty 2.8% 73,328
Total Votes 2,653,770
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State

2000

On November 7, 2000, Brad Owen won re-election to the office of Washington Lieutenant Governor. He defeated William (Mike) Elliott (R) and Ruth E. Bennett (L) in the general election.

Washington Lieutenant Governor, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen Incumbent 54.2% 1,247,838
     Republican William (Mike) Elliott 37.9% 872,853
     Libertarian Ruth E. Bennett 7.8% 179,567
Total Votes 2,300,258
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Owen is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Owen raised a total of $1,374,429 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 3, 2013.[10]

Brad Owen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 WA Lieutenant Governor Won $318,567
2010 WA Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $5,100
2008 WA Lieutenant Governor Won $196,033
2006 WA Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $9,200
2004 WA Lieutenant Governor Won $139,181
2000 WA Lieutenant Governor Won $131,525
1996 WA Lieutenant Governor Won $351,541
1994 WA State Senate Won $72,800
1990 WA State Senate Won $150,482
Grand Total Raised $1,374,429

2012

Owen won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Washington in 2012. During that election cycle, Owen raised a total of $318,567.

2008

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Brad Owen's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Owen and his wife, Linda, live in Shelton. They have six children and 17 grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joel Pritchard (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Washington
1997 - present
Succeeded by
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