|New Jersey General Assembly, District 8|
|Service/branch||U.S. Air Force|
|Service branch||New Jersey Air National Guard|
McGowan's professional experience includes working as an administrator at Buttonwood Hospital. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Major.
McGowan's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Increase jobs
- Excerpt: "Create more career jobs that people can depend on to raise a family and plan for retirement."
- Property tax reform
- Excerpt: "Especially for seniors and others on fixed income."
- Providing critical funding for women's healthcare
- Excerpt: "I will support programs that are working and those trying to expand, such as BCC's partnership with manufacturing to train skilled labor; and Gateway to College at Camden County College."
- Honoring Vietnam and all Veterans
McGowan ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 8. McGowan was bracketed with Ava Markey. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Chris Brown (R) and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R) in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013. 
In 2013, McGowan's endorsements included the following:
- New Jersey AFL-CIO
McGowan is married to Sharon.
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- Robert McGowan's campaign website
- Project vote smart- Robert McGowan
- Robert McGowan's Facebook page
- New Jersey Department of State, Official Primary Results
- New Jersey Department of State, Unofficial general election candidates
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 Primary Candidates", Accessed April 15, 2013
- Philly.com "Candidates in South Jersey have little to no political experience," April 6, 2013
- Robert McGowan Campaign, "Platform 6," accessed September 4, 2013
- New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," Accessed July 26, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
- Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 6, 2013
- Politicker NJ, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 2, 2013