Monday, January 11, 2016

Arizona House Speaker David Gowan Uses State-Owned Cars to Campaign for Higher Office

House Speaker David Gowan Sure Does Put a Lot of Miles on State-Owned Cars at Your Expense
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Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times breaks a blockbuster story about how House Speaker and congressional candidate David Gowan has been using a state vehicle to travel across his would-be congressional district: In the weeks surrounding his congressional campaign announcement, Gowan was zig-zagging across the massive CD1, which is nearly as large as the state of Iowa. It spans from Four Corners and Flagstaff in the north, down to through Casa Grande and the northern suburbs of Tucson. What's truly remarkable about Gowan's use of a state-owned car: He is someone who has voted to take away food money from children because he believes it's inappropriate for government to hand out such luxuries but has, in his years in office, gobbled up all he can once he had a spot at the trough. Whether it's money for his campaigns, new furniture for his office or a plan to spend more than a million dollars remodeling the House of Representatives office (including a new gym!), Gowan has shown zero restraint in helping himself to government largesse.
Read more at Tucson Weekly.
Home City: Sierra Vista 
Occupation: State Representative 
Member Since: 2009
David Gowan was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2009. He resides in Sierra Vista in Legislative District 30, which also encompasses the northern half of Santa Cruz County (Elgin, Sonoita, Patagonia, Tubac), Green Valley, Sahaurita, Corona de Tucson, Vail, and parts of east Tucson (Rita Ranch, Tanque Verde, Bear Canyon, Sabino Canyon). 
Representative Gowan is the Chairman of the House Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee, and also serves on the Government Committee. Chairman Gowan was also recently appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as the Co-Chair for his Joint Legislative Committee on Homeland Security. In addition, he serves as the Treasurer for the Arizona Legislators for Wildlife Caucus. 
During his time at the legislature, Representative Gowan has been extremely successful in passing legislation. Much of his focus has been aimed at making Arizona the most veteran friendly state within the union. He has previously helped secure funding for the Southern Arizona’s Veteran’s Home that is now being built in Tucson. Recently, he orchestrated a monumental military benefits package, which among other things, makes Arizona campuses more veteran supportive, helps disabled veterans navigate bureaucracy when obtaining special license plates, and encourages government contracts for veteran-owned businesses. Other past awards and recognitions include:
  • Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business for “having worked effectively to protect and preserve the future of free enterprise and small business." (2011)
  • U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute for “outstanding contributions to the United States Army and support of Soldiers fighting the Global War on Terrorism.” (2011)
  • Award of Sincere Appreciation from the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground for “year-round support of the Yuma Proving Ground and America’s men and women in uniform.” (2011)
  • Seven Seals Award from the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.” (2010)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Boy Scouts of America – Grand Canyon Council, for “exemplary work in preparation and execution of the 100th Anniversary Celebration.” (2010)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Arizona Hemophilia Association for help in “enhancing the quality of life in the hemophilia community through education, awareness, and social service.” (2009)
The Representative is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. He has been married to his wife Jessica for 17 years, and they have two sons. Originally hailing from Northern California, they have lived in Arizona since 1993. When he is not busy with legislative business, David enjoys being active at his local church and in his son’s Boy Scouts, where he acts as the Chairman of Troop 408. Representative Gowan has become very engaged in his local educational community where he sits on the Board for Veritas Christian Community School. He is a member of the Sierra Vista ELKS Lodge #2065, and is also a committed martial artist, and is the Chairman of Tai Shin Ki Do Martial Arts System founded by Hanshi Barnes. 

Growing up, Representative Gowan learned his core values from his father, Jim, who is himself a military Veteran. And, that is why he now feels very blessed to be serving the ones who protect us everyday abroad and at home as Chairman of the Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee. In his own words, “We ought to be a hub…a shiny beacon of light for all veterans in Arizona. May God bless and protect those who defend and protect us and our freedoms every day! And, to them, I say thank you.”