Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1956
Birth Place: Spokane, WA, United States
Residence: Spokane, WA
Gender: Male



Rich Cowan was born and currently resides in Spokane, Wash., where his father served in the Air Force and his mother was a teacher. He received a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in human nutrition from Washington State University.

While in college he worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Pullman. He also earned a pilot's license and was a pilot in Alaska while in college.

Cowan worked for Spokane television station KHQ after college, eventually becoming the community affairs director.

In 1990, he co-founded North by Northwest Productions, a video and film production company based in Spokane. The company originally specialized in commercial and industrial video, but branched out to make feature films. Cowan has been involved as a producer or director in about 40 feature film projects.

He is divorced and has two children.


Rich Cowan contends that too many of the people sent to Washington are career politicians more interested in playing politics than fixing what is wrong. The result, he says, is an economy mired in a sluggish recovery, families suffering to make ends meet and cuts to education, Medicare and veterans' benefits.

He said the nation must send to Washington independent-minded leaders who have created jobs at home.

Cowan says he is running for Washington's 5th Congressional District seat because he believes U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is part of what he calls a dysfunctional congressional leadership taking America in the wrong direction.

He said his first priority would be job creation. As a business owner, he said he understands what a small business needs to deliver sustainable, high-paying jobs to its community.

His next priority would be health care reform. Cowan said he would stand by Medicare and strengthen Social Security.

Source: Associated Press

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