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James M. Owen

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James M. Owen
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Current Court Information:
Missouri 30th Judicial Circuit Court
Title:   Former associate judge
Position:   Division 2
Appointed by:   Gov. Jay Nixon
Active:   1/2014-12/31/2014
Preceded by:   Donald Cheever
Succeeded by:   David T. Tunnell
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Drury University
Law School:   University of Kansas
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  30th Judicial Circuit Court
Position:  Associate Judge, Division 2
State:  Missouri
Election information 2014:
Party:   Democratic
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  8/5/2014
Primary vote:  100%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014

James M. Owen was an associate judge of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court in Missouri. He was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon on January 15, 2014, to fill the seat of retiring judge Donald Cheever.[1]

He was defeated in the 2014 election and stepped down from the court at the end of his term.[2]


Owen received his undergraduate degree from Drury University and his J.D. from the University of Kansas.[1]


Before he became a judge, Owen was an attorney with Hosmer King and Royce LLC.[1]

Awards and associations

  • 2010-2012: Chairman, Springfield/Greene County Environmental Advisory Board
  • 2007-2012: Board member, Springfield/Greene County Environmental Advisory Board
  • Former president, HOLA SERTOMA
  • Board member, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwest Missouri[1]



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Owen ran in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 134. Owen ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by Elijah Haahr (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 134, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElijah Haahr 56% 9,227
     Democratic James Owen 44% 7,239
Total Votes 16,466

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