IDABEL, OK – Steven McGowen, a fourth generation McCurtain County resident, declared his candidacy to serve his community as State Representative for House District 1. He filed the papers on Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol, representing residents of an area encompassing McCurtainCounty and parts of LeFlore County.
Steven McGowen, age 41, son of Earl and Sue McGowen, was raised in McCurtain County, where his great, great grandfather’s family settled as sharecroppers just after the Civil War.
McGowen served in the U.S Army at the age of 18 for four years and then three years in the National Guard. “My family instilled in me that it is important to repay the blessing of living in the greatest country.”
From sharecropper’s heritage to civil servant, McGowen served in law enforcement for nine years, which included time as a Sheriff’s Deputy. At the Idabel Police Department, McGowen served as the treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police, (FOP). About his time in law enforcement, McGowen stated, “McCurtain County is the third largest county in Oklahoma – so it takes a steady hand to watch over her – but we have good people, decent, hard-working patriots that pull together and take care of each other, so it has been a privilege to serve in a law enforcement capacity.”
McGowen is a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN, at McCurtain Memorial Hospital where his children were born. Robin McGowen, Steve’s wife of nearly 20 years, is also a LPN who has worked in hospice and home healthcare.
“Working as a nurse and living in a small community, I am caring for the people I know. Rural hospitals are vital for our communities and the reason my dad is still alive – if he had to drive over an hour away or more for care after his accident, it would have been a different outcome. Our local hospital has good doctors and good care.”
McGowen continued, “Obamacare has kicked our community in the teeth; healthcare premiums are up and many have lost coverage. Cutbacks in healthcare are hurting people and I want to help fight for healthcare issues so that people in my district are able to receive the best care possible.”
McGowen also owns and runs a small cattle business, Double R Ranch, with his dad, Earl McGowen, who retired in 2005 from Valliant Paper Mill.
With a lifetime of civil service, his deep roots and care in the community, Steven McGowen is running for the State House of Representatives to bring common sense solutions. He said, “I can no longer sit on the sidelines complaining, it is time to get to work – I have an obligation to my children, my family, and my community. My campaign is about roots in the district and results at the Capitol; I will make sure my district’s needs are heard and responded to in Oklahoma City.”
McGowen continued, “It would be an honor to represent a place that has been home for many generations – I want to take my life experiences and knowledge in agriculture, veteran’s issues, and healthcare to the Oklahoma Capitol to fight for the issues that matter to the people of House District 1.”
Running on the Republican ticket, McGowen is not just about the party line. He said, “HD1 is about God, country, and guns. For me, it’s about communities vs. big government, and I am going to fight for communities every time – along with fiscal responsibility, pro-2nd amendment, and pro-life issues, which includes healthcare for a good quality of life.”
The McGowen family attends First Baptist Church in Idabel. The couple’s children, Elizabeth (14) and Tyler (12), attend Forest Grove Public School. Steven’s sister, Laura Wimberly, is a public school teacher.
The primary elections for Oklahoma House District 1 will be held along with other major elections on June 28. The general election will take place on November 8. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.