Rich Cowan

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Rich Cowan
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 5
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Master'sWashington State University
Place of birthSpokane, Washington
ProfessionPresident and CEO of North by Northwest Productions
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Rich Cowan was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Washington. He lost in the general election.[1]

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.[2]


Cowan's campaign platform included:

  • Jobs
  • Training a World-Class Workforce
  • Infrastructure and Conservation
  • Agriculture
  • Tax Fairness
  • Medicare and Seniors[3]



See also: Washington's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[4] Rodgers won.[1]

U.S. House, Washington District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy McMorris Rodgers Incumbent 61.9% 191,066
     Democratic Rich Cowan 38.1% 117,512
Total Votes 308,578
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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Breakdown of the source of Cowan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cowan lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cowan's campaign committee raised a total of $369,672 and spent $364,221.[5]

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Cowan has two children, Kristin, a professional ice skater and Casey, a 2012 graduate candidate at Marquette University.[6]

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