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Revision as of 17:13, 15 November 2012

Bill Owens
Bill owens.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 23
Incumbent
In office
November 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sManhattan College
J.D.Fordham University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Personal
BirthdayJanuary, 20, 1949
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionLawyer, Businessperson
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William Lewis “Bill” Owens (b. January, 20, 1949) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Owens was elected by voters from New York's 23rd congressional district. Due to New York's redistricting, Owens is running in the newly redrawn 21st district in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Owens is a "centrist Democratic follower".[1]

Biography

Owens was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College in 1971 and an M.A. from Fordham University in 1974.[2]

Career

After graduating from law school, Owens enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a Captain at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. After completing his service, Owens decided to stay in the North Country, where he built a private law practice, and served as faculty of the State University of New York, from 1978 to 1986.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Owens serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Political positions

Specific Votes

During the campaign for a special election for Congress, Owens said the following:

  • The public option had no place in the health care reform bill.[5]
  • He was opposed to any health care bill that cut Medicare benefits
  • He was opposed to taxing health care benefits
  • He was opposed to increasing taxes on the middle class.[6]

After making these promises on his campaign website, Owens voted for HR 3962 as one of his first official acts in Congress. HR 3962 has a public option, cuts Medicare benefits, taxes health care benefits and increases taxes on the middle class.

Owens voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[7] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 21st congressional district elections, 2012

Owens had sought re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he is running in the newly redrawn 21st district.[9] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Matt Doheny (R) and Donald Hassig (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10] Owens was re-elected in November.[11]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Owens was elected to the United States House for a second term. He defeated Matthew A. Doheny (R whom also ran on the Independence Party ticket), and Douglas L. Hoffman (Conservative).[12]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 23 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens Incumbent 45.1% 82,232
     Republican Matthew A. Doheny 44% 80,237
     Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman 5.8% 10,507
     Blank/Scattering 5.2% 9,534
Total Votes 182,510

Campaign donors

2012

Bill Owens Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$553,552.75$240,588.63$(75,656.74)$718,484.64
July Quarterly[14]July 13, 2012$752,994.89$163,174.29$(22,648.05)$893,521.13
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$893,521.13$437,330.41$(560,819.53)$770,032.01
Running totals
$841,093.33$(659,124.32)

2010

Breakdown of the source of Owens' campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Owens was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,829,090 and spent $2,812,845.[16]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Bill Owens Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,829,090
Total Spent $2,812,845
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $3,448,912
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $3,440,808
Top contributors to Bill Owens's campaign committee
JStreetPAC$56,427
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte$24,325
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America$20,000
BRIDGE PAC$20,000
PAC to the Future$20,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$254,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$211,797
Candidate Committees$153,250
Public Sector Unions$103,000
Real Estate$99,975

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Owens paid his congressional staff a total of $799,365 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Owens' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,985,032 to $4,626,999. Averaging to a net worth of $3,306,015.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[18]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Bill Owens voted with the Democratic Party 73.6% of the time, which ranked 179th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[19]

Recent news

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Personal

Owens and his wife Jane still reside in Plattsburgh, New York. They have three grown children, and four grandchildren.[20]

External links

References

  1. Gov Track "William Owens" Accessed April 19, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "OWENS, William, (1949 - )"
  3. Congressman Bill Owens, Representing New York's 23rd District "Biography"
  4. Congressman Bill Owens, Representing New York's 23rd District "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Politico, "Dem House candidate against public option", August 11, 2009
  6. Gouverner Times, "Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress", November 6, 2009
  7. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  8. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  9. Post Star "GOP sues to remove Owens from third-party ballot line," May 1, 2012
  10. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Bill Owens 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Bill Owens," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Bill Owens (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  20. Congressman Bill Owens, Representing New York's 23rd District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
John McHugh
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 23
2009–Present
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