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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  David M. Gowan Sr.

David M. Gowan Sr.
Majority Leader

District 14

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 206
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3312
Fax Number: (602) 417-3130

Personal Information:
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 the new Legislative District 14, which encompasses all of Cochise County, all of Greenlee County, all of Graham County except for the Indian reservation, and the Eastside of Pima County (Rosemont area, Corona, Vail, Rita Ranch, and the surrounding mountains of East Tucson).

Representative Gowan was honored to be elected by the Republican Caucus to serve in House leadership as the Majority Leader. He has also been appointed to serve on Rules, the Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee and the Technology and Infrastructure Committee. His statutory committee assignments include: Legislative Council, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Joint Committee on Capital Review.

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. Most 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.

He has also been instrumental in enacting legislation on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, including securing for them accessible recreational areas (Rose Canyon Lake), creating a special license plate with proceeds benefitting the organization, and championing a law in 2010 to make the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America officially recognizable by the state of Arizona.

In recognition of his efforts, Representative Gowan has received several awards and recognitions while serving at the House of Representatives. Most recently, he was given the Legislative Friend Award for dedication to strong, effective local government in Arizona by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. Also, he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense, signed by Robert L. Gordan, III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, “for his leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the quality of life of Service members and their families residing in Arizona, during the 2011 Legislative Session.” Other awards and recognitions include:
  • NRA (National Rifle Association) A+ rating
  • Arizona Citizen’s Defense League (AzCDL) Legislator of the Year (2012)
  • Spirit of Business Award from the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for his “work passing legislation that impacts the region in a positive manner and promotes a strong local economy.” (2012)
  • Friend of the Family recognition from the Arizona Family Project (2012) (2013)
  • 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 18 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. 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.”


Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2011 P* liquefied petroleum gas containers; penalties See Vote
HB2064 P training permits; military health professionals See Vote
HB2076 P separating service members; licensure
  (NOW: military applicants; license requirements
HB2096 P* board of cosmetology
HB2097 P* technical correction; trapping license
  (NOW: pawn shop restitution
HB2098 P* condominium associations; technical correction
HB2099 P* technical correction; barber licenses; display
HB2100 P* technical correction; power authority; monies
HB2101 P* technical correction; disabled parking; reciprocity
HB2102 P* technical correction; common variety minerals
HB2103 P* technical correction; benefits; aliens; athletes
HB2104 P* technical correction; textbook purchase
HB2105 P* communication service information; technical correction
HB2106 P* community colleges; benefits; technical correction
HB2107 P* technical correction; nonprobate transfers
HB2108 P* technical registrants; report; website
HB2136 P firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2200 C county fire department; authorization
HB2234 C firearm; definition
HB2328 P compact; convention; balanced budget
HB2391 P income tax exemption; veterans' pensions
HB2438 C paycheck deductions; public employers
HB2439 P income tax brackets; inflation index
HB2455 C unclaimed property; firearms; disposition
HB2456 P revenue allocation districts
HB2460 P* homeowners' associations; master association dues
HB2461 P* fireworks; NFPA; 2013 code; adoption
HB2462 P* bail bond agents; lists; loitering
HB2463 P* appearance bonds; exoneration
  (NOW: rules; counties; flood control districts
HB2551 P* financial institution records; disclosure; notice
  (NOW: off-highway vehicles; use; authority; enforcement
See Vote
HB2552 P* setoff debt; technical correction
HB2553 P* bail bond agents; bonds; prohibitions
HB2569 P child prostitution; sentencing
HB2576 C convention; delegates; limitations; oath
HB2578 C licensing; accountability; penalties; exceeding regulation
HB2617 P school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities See Vote
HB2654 P full-time students; hunting licenses
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2003 P copper mining; support
HCM2004 C veterans' home; tribal lands
HCM2005 P federal government; fiscal responsibility
HCM2008 P PFC Servin; medal of honor
HCR2017 P ballot measures; reauthorization; exemption
HCR2022 C convention; amendments; balanced federal budget
HCR2034 P Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 P recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 P* Boy Scouts of America
SB1057 P AHCCCS; ambulance services; rates
SB1115 C direct pay prices; health care
SB1286 P nursing facility provider assessments
SB1287 P military retiree; pension exclusion amount
SB1288 P Arizona water protection fund; projects
SB1289 P road improvement and maintenance districts
SB1290 P office of pest management
SB1291 P fire districts; board meetings; attendance
  (NOW: duty to report abuse; exception
SB1292 P fire districts; treasurer; authorization
SB1353 P health insurance; telemedicine
SB1369 C unemployment insurance; reimbursable employers
SB1370 C municipal franchise elections; rates; estimate
SB1371 C municipal elections; ballot; disclosure
SB1390 C convicted felons; attempted weapon possession
SB1424 C dangerous and incompetent defendants; commitment
SB1439 C legal tender
SB1463 P counties; flood control districts; rules
SB1464 P mining advisory council; membership
SB1465 P solid waste facilities; general permit
SB1467 C parenting time; court-ordered supervisors.
SB1468 P duty to report abuse; application
SCR1002 C health care; direct pay prices
SCR1012 P EPA actions; haze
SCR1013 P endangered species act
SCR1014 P Vietnam war; commemorative partner
SCR1015 P support; second amendment
SCR1020 P Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor