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Debra Bowen

“Leadership is earning trust, and using that trust to move America ahead in huge steps – making gigantic strides forward.”

Debra Bowen has persistently fought for campaign finance reform and has been ahead of the curve, right from the start of her first term in the Assembly. Without her determination and pressure, California campaign finance law probably would still dramatically favor corporate and business PAC contributors over individual contributors and small contributor committees. California might still be without any contribution limits at all if not for Bowen’s dogged pursuit of campaign finance reform. As Secretary of State, Debra Bowen will continue to advocate for fair and open campaigns that are financed by the people, not by the big special interests.

What Makes Debra an Extraordinary, Visionary Leader?

In 1993, a law co-authored by Bowen unlocked the Legislature’s computer files and has given computer users worldwide Internet access to information about bills, committee analysis, legislators’ voting records, and much more. Bowen wrote the law to give people electronic access to California’s public records, and in the wake of the electricity crisis, requires that California’s energy and electricity policies and purchases are done in public with all records public. Debra Bowen will continue to fight for open government as California’s next Secretary of State.

Bowen’s landmark, first-in-the-nation law passed in 2001 makes it much more difficult for criminals to commit identity theft by banning companies from using Social Security numbers as public identifiers and by giving consumers the right to freeze access to their credit reports. Debra Bowen will make consumer privacy a priority as Secretary of State. During her tenure as Chairwoman of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee and as Chairwoman of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, Bowen earned her reputation as one of California’s leading advocates for conservation and environmental protection. Bowen has written many important laws protecting our air, water, and open space, and she will continue to fight for our environment as Secretary of State.


Ever since she was first elected to the State Legislature in 1992, Debra Bowen has been a pioneer in government reform, consumer protection and privacy rights, environmental conservation, and open government. She also is a leading women’s advocate, fighting for equality in the workplace and in government, child care, health care and civil rights.

Bowen – as a woman with an incredibly strong record of accomplishment and independence who has been victorious in tough electoral battles in swing districts – is an excellent candidate to be the next California Secretary of State. There isn’t even one female constitutional officeholder representing California – and Bowen, based on her record, is a perfect fit for this office.

Bowen has earned attention in the media throughout the state as an effective and independent voice for reform, open government and consumer advocacy. She has declined to accept gifts since taking office, was the first California lawmaker to be accessible through her own state e-mail address (1993), was the first California lawmaker to put up her own government web page (1995), and the first California lawmaker to put her campaign finance reports on the web (August 1995).

Race Facts

Race Type: Democratic Challenge
Primary Opponent: Won
Primary Date: June 6, 2006
Primary Election Results: Won Primary
General Opponent: Bruce McPherson (Incumbent)
General Election Date: November 7, 2006
General Election Results: Won 48 – 45 percent


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