James Gowans

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James Gowans
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Utah House of Representatives District 21
Former representative
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Rancher
James Gowans (b. October 25, 1929) was a Democratic member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was defeated in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Gowans joined the Utah State House of Representatives in 1993. He served in that position until 2011, spending time as Minority Whip.

Gowans was the Acting Superintendent of Schools for the Tooele District from 1986 to 1987. He then worked for Settlement Canyon Irrigation Company from 1990 to 19992. He is currently a rancher.

Gowans earned his B.S. in Education from Utah State University. He then attended Graduate Work at the University of Utah, the University of California, and Brigham Young University.



Gowans was defeated by Republican challenger Douglas Sagers on November 2, 2010[1].


On November 4, 2008, Gowans won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 21, defeating opponents Dan Egelund (R) and Jonathan Garrard (C).[2]

Gowans raised $17,619 for his campaign while Egelund raised $2,387 and Garrard raised $100.[3]

Utah State House of Representatives, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Gowans (D) 6,275
Dan Egelund (R) 5,935
Jonathan Garrard (C) 832

Campaign donors


Gowans raised $17,619 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
Utah Petroleum Marketers & Retailers Association $2,000
EnergySolutions $1,350
Transcript Bulletin $1,318
Utah League of Credit Unions $1,000

Committee assignments


Gowans and his wife, Patsy, have four children.

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Political offices
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Utah House of Representatives District 21
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