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Debra Lynn Bowen

Debra Lynn Bowen, American state official. Bar: Illinois 1979, California 1983. Recipient James Madison Freedom of Information award, Society Professional Journalists (northern California chapter), 1995, Profile in Courage award, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. & Museum, 2008; Rotary International fellow, International Christian University, Tokyo, 1975.

Background

  • Bowen, Debra Lynn was born on October 27, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Robert Calvin and Marcia Ann (Crittenden) Bowen.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1976. Juris Doctor, University Virginia School Law, 1979.

    Career

    • Associate Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, 1979-1982, Washington, 1985-1986, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Los Angeles, 1982-1984. Sole practice, 1984-1993. Member from 53rd district California State Assembly, 1992—1998.

      Member from 28th district California State Senate, 1998—2006. Secretary state State of California, since 2007. General counsel State Employee's Retirement System Illinois, Springfield, 1980—1982.

      Member mental health law committee Chicago Council Lawyers, 1980—1982. Adjunct professor Watterson College School Paralegal Studies, California, 1985.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois 1979, California 1983.

    Works

    • Executive editor Virginia Journal International Law, 1977-1978. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member of California Bar Association (executive committee public law section 1990-1994), Phi Kappa Phi.

    Connections

    • Married Mark Nechodom.
    • father: Robert Calvin Bowen
    • mother: Marcia Ann (Crittenden) Bowen
    • spouse: Mark Nechodom
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    Born October 27, 1955
    (age 61)
    • 1976
      Michigan State University
    • 1979
      University Virginia School Law
    • 1979 - 1982
      Associate, Winston & Strawn Limited Liability Partnership
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1982 - 1984
      Associate, Winston & Strawn Limited Liability Partnership
    • 1984 - 1993
      sole practice
    • 1985 - 1986
      Associate, Winston & Strawn Limited Liability Partnership
      Washington, United States
    • 1992 - 1998
      member, from 53rd district California State Assembly
    • 1998 - 2006
      member, from 28th district California State Senate
    • 2007
      secretary, state State of California
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