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|U.S. House, Washington, District 5|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University|
|Master's||Washington State University|
|Place of birth||Spokane, Washington|
|Profession||President and CEO of North by Northwest Productions|
He holds an undergraduate degree in Communications and a Masters in Human Nutrition from Washington State University. He also served as a firefighter and EMT for six years. He now owns North by Northwest Productions.
Cowan's campaign platform included:
- Training a World-Class Workforce
- Infrastructure and Conservation
- Tax Fairness
- Medicare and Seniors
Cowan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 5th District. He and Cathy McMorris Rodgers advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012. Rodgers won.
|U.S. House, Washington District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Cathy McMorris Rodgers Incumbent||61.9%||191,066|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Washington District 5, 2012 - Rich Cowan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,968,862|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,987,459|
|Top contributors to Rich Cowan's campaign committee|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$5,000|
|Nu Image Inc||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$17,500|
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Cowan has two children, Kristin, a professional ice skater and Casey, a 2012 graduate candidate at Marquette University.