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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.


Bowen, Debra Lynn was born on October 27, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois, United States. Daughter of RobertCalvin and Marcia Ann (Crittenden) Bowen. Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University, 1976.


Rotary International fellow International Christian U., Tokyo, 1975. Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1979.


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.


  • Bar: Illinois 1979, California 1983.


  • Other Work

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


Member mental health law committee Chicago Council Lawyers, 1980-1982. Wigmore scholar Northwestern University School Law, Chicago, 1976. Member California Bar Association (Executive Committee public law section 1990-1994), Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Mark Nechodom.

Robert Calvin Bowen

Marcia Ann (Crittenden) Bowen

Mark Nechodom