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Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.)

  • District: 21st District, North -- Watertown, Plattsburgh, Glens Falls
  • Residence: Plattsburgh
  • Born: January 20, 1949; Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Jane Owens; three children
  • Education: Manhattan College, B.S.B.A. 1971 (economics); Fordham U., J.D. 1974
  • Military Service: Air Force Reserve 1971-75; Air Force 1975-79; Air Force Reserve 1979-82
  • Political Highlights: No previous office; U.S. House, 2009-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2009 (2nd full term)
  • Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense; Homeland Security)
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State Information: 21st District, North -- Watertown, Plattsburgh, Glens Falls

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2012 general Bill Owens (D, WFM) 126,631 50.2%
Matt Doheny (R, C, INDC) 121,646 48.2%
Donald Hassig (GREEN) 4,174 1.6%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2012 Barack Obama: 52% Mitt Romney: 46%
2008 Barack Obama: 53% John McCain: 47%

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