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Stephen Bowen
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Maine Commissioner of Education
Former Officeholder
In office
March 2011 - October 2013
Elections and appointments
Last election2006
Campaign $$17,595
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maine House of Representatives, District 46
2002 - 2006
Bachelor'sDrew University (1991)
Master'sGeorge Mason University (1998)
Date of birthJune 6, 1969
Place of birthPortland, Maine
Stephen Bowen (b. June 6, 1969) is a former Maine Commissioner of Education. Bowen was sworn in as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education on March 4, 2011.[1] He resigned from his position in August 2013 to join the Council of Chief State School Officers, an education policy think tank.[2]

Bowen previously served as a Republican member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2002-2006.[1]


Before joining the Department of Education, Bowen directed the Center for Education Excellence at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a Portland-based public policy think tank.[1] Bowen taught social studies in middle and high schools for 10 years in Fairfax County, Virginia, and then in Camden, Maine, prior to joining the Heritage Policy Center. He taught in Fairfax County from 1997 to 2000.[1]

Bowen served briefly as Gov. Paul LePage's senior policy adviser on education before he was nominated and confirmed as Commissioner of Education.[1]


  • 1998: George Mason University, M.D.
  • 1991: Drew University, BA[3]

Political career

Maine Commissioner of Education (2011-2013)

Bowen was sworn in as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education on March 4, 2011.[1] He stepped down in August 2013.[2]

Maine House of Representatives (2002-2006)

Bowen served in the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 to 2006 representing District 46.[3]



Bowen was appointed as Maine Commissioner of Education by Gov. Paul LePage (R) on February 16, 2011.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bowen is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Bowen raised a total of $17,595 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[5]

Stephen Bowen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2006 Maine State House District 46 Defeated $7,977
2004 Maine State House District 46 Won $4,741
2002 Maine State House District 63 Won $4,877
Grand Total Raised $17,595

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Preceded by
Maine Commissioner of Education
Succeeded by
Jim Rier