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Debra Bowen


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-53 95703 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-53 66114 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-53 88238 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic SD-28 115672 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic SD-28 114145 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic Secretary of State 4032553 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic Secretary of State 5105600 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 27, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois
Married: Mark Nechodom
Child: One

1989: Fellow, CORO Fellows Program
2011: Special Primary Candidate for CD-36 (Lost; 21.1%)
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 1624 (1993) which requires the California Legislature to post legislative information such as bills, committee analyses and vote tallies on the Internet. [Chapter 1235/Stats of 1993]
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 1787 (1993) banning the sale of mercury and alkaline batteries in California.
  • AWARD: Winner of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (2008)
  • Bowen made headlines in August 2007 when she decertified the electronic voting systems used by 39 of California's 58 counties.
  • LITIGATION: Bowen was the defendant in the case Keyes v. Bowen, which sought to compel presidential candidate Barack Obama to provide documentation that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Source: California Assembly Handbook (1996)
Source: California Blue Book (2000)

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