House 1969-72 (District 53A)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Social Studies Teacher; Royalton High School, Minnesota
Washington High School, Brainerd; Secondary; Graduate, 1962
St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota; Attended College; 1962
University of Minnesota; B.A.; Political Science, 1966
St. Cloud State College; Attended Graduate School; Education
University of Maryland, College Park; Attended Graduate School; Public Administration and Public Policy Formation
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
U.S. Legislative Staff/Council/Commission:
United States Senate (Staff Assistant to United States Senator Walter F. Mondale);
1966 to 1968
6th Congressional District, Minnesota;
01/03/1975 to 01/03/1981
Minnesota World Trade Center (President);
1987 to 1994
8th Congressional District, Minnesota;
01/03/2013 to 01/03/2019
Three children: Leah Marie (daughter); Michael, and John (born while he was in office), (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Martin J. McGowan, Jr.
He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 1972 election.
He announced that he won't seek reelection to his U.S. Representative seat in the 8th district in the 2018 election on February 9, 2018.
In 2018, he was named as running mate for lieutenant governor by gubernatorial candidate Lori Swanson. The team lost the primary.
Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1969-70.