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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.)

District: 21st District
Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House of Representatives, 2009-15
Born: Jan. 20, 1949; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Residence: Plattsburgh
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Jane Owens; three children
Education: Manhattan College, B.S.B.A. 1971; Fordham U., J.D. 1974
Military Service: Air Force Reserve, 1971-75; Air Force, 1975-79; Air Force Reserve, 1979-82
Start of Service: Elected: 2009 (2nd full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense; Homeland Security)

Election History
2012generalBill Owens (D, WFM) 126,63150.2
Matt Doheny (R, C, INDC) 121,64648.2
Donald Hassig (GREEN) 4,1741.7
2010generalBill Owens (D) 82,23247.5
Matt Doheny (R) 80,23746.4
Doug Hoffman (C) 10,5076.1
2009specialBill Owens (D, WFM) 73,13748.3
Doug Hoffman (C) 69,55346.0
Dede Scozzafava (R, I) 8,5825.7
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New York is 5th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.