Terrence McGowan

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Terrence McGowan
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 4
ProfessionLaw enforcement technology
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Terrence "Terry" McGowan was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey. He was defeated in the primary.[1]


McGowan works in the law-enforcement software industry. He is a former Navy SEAL, and worked as a civilian military contractor. He has also been a volunteer firefighter and policeman.[2]


Political philosophy

McGowan says he is in favor of smaller government and lower taxes. He told a local news source: "Legislation costs us money. I feel like every time I hear about some new legislation passing, that just lost me money."[3]


McGowan held that incumbent Chris Smith has not well represented New Jersey's 4th District. He said the congressman, who lives in Virginia, "avoids controversy" and has been more concerned with an overseas dissident than with local school funding.[3]



See also: New Jersey's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

McGowan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 4th District. He lost to 30-year incumbent Chris Smith in the June 5 Republican primary.[1][4][2][5]

New Jersey's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith Incumbent 83.6% 21,520
Terrance McGowan 16.4% 4,209
Total Votes 25,729

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