| 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 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 as the Speaker of the House. The prior two years he served as the House Majority Leader and was appointed to serve on Rules, the Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee and the Technology and Infrastructure Committee. His statutory committee assignments included: 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 Arizonas Veterans 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:
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.
|Bill Number||Sponsor Type||Short/NOW Title|
|HB2064||P||graduation requirement; civics test|
|HB2120||P*||cosmetology board; director; licensing renewal|
|HB2670||P*||international operations centers|
|HB2671||PZ*||general appropriations; 2015-2016|
|HCR2033||P*||Cochise college; fiftieth anniversary.|
|HCR2039||C||death resolution; Bill Badger|
|HR2003||P*||Arizona business operators; recognition|
|HR2005||P||death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart|
|SCR1010||P||Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution|
|SCR1020||P||Mayor John Driggs; death resolution|