Mark Owens

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Mark Owens
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 17
Incumbent
In office
December 1, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota House of Representatives
2005-2007
Education
Bachelor'sTroy State University of Montgomery, 1986
Master'sCentral Michigan University, 1996
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1975-1995
Personal
BirthdayNovember 24, 1956
Place of birthMontgomery, AL
ProfessionResearch Program Manager, University of North Dakota
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark S. Owens is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Owens served in the House from 2005 to 2007.

Biography

Owens earned his B.S. in Social Science from Troy State University-Montgomery in 1986 and his M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University in 1996. His professional experience includes working as the Senior Vice President of Meridian Environment Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1995.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Owens served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Taxation
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Owens served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Mark Owens and incumbent Mark Sanford were unopposed in the Republican primary, while Edward Grossbauer was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Owens and Sanford defeated Grossbauer in the general election.[2][3][4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford Incumbent 43.7% 4,109
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Owens Incumbent 34.2% 3,215
     Democratic Edward Grossbauer 22.1% 2,080
Total Votes 9,404


2010

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Owens won election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Owens and Mark Sanford (R) defeated Bernell Bachmeier (D) and incumbent Louise Potter (D).[5][6]

North Dakota State House, District 17
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Sanford (R) 4,018
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Owens (R) 2,950
Louise Potter (D) 2,541
Bernell Bachmeier (D) 1,606

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Owens raised a total of $8,100 in campaign contributions.[7]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
House Republican Caucus of North Dakota $1,500
Grand Forks Republican Women $1,500
Owens, Dan & Katie $1,000
Lignite Energy Council $1,000

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[8] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[9] Owens received a score of 71.62% on policy legislation and voted against 31.67% of state spending. Owens was ranked 25th on policy and 6th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[10]

Personal

Owens has one child and currently resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota.[1]

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