Bill Owens (Colorado politician)
After his studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin Owens has spent over 20 years as a consultant, including worked for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He is regarded as Russia or Soviet Union expert and regularly lectures on the subject.
Since 1982, Owens has worked in politics, including as a member of the House of Representatives from Colorado from 1982 to 1988 and then as a member of the State Senate 1988 until 1994. In 1994 he was elected Minister of Finance ( State Treasurer ) of Colorado.
Owens won the gubernatorial election in 1998 with a wafer-thin majority against his Democratic counterpart candidate Gail Schoettler and was sworn in on 12 January 1999 as governor of Colorado. In 2002 he met the re-election attempt on the Democrats Rollie Heath and was with a clear majority of 64 % of the vote, the best result ever achieved a governor of Colorado, confirmed. 2007 ended his tenure as governor. He was succeeded by Democrat Bill Ritter.
Bill Owens is married and has three children.