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Bill Owens
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U.S. House, New York, District 23
In office
November 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sManhattan College
J.D.Fordham University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Date of birthJanuary, 20, 1949
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionLawyer, Businessperson
ReligionRoman Catholic
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]


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]


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


Owens serves on the following committees:[4]


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]

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.[9]



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

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


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


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.[13]

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Owens and his wife Jane still reside in Plattsburgh, New York. They have three grown children, and four grandchildren.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John McHugh
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 23
Succeeded by