Senate Profiles
Senator Rooney Bowen (D-13)
State Capitol / Room 121 / Atlanta, GA 30334
P.O. Box 1238 / Cordele, GA 31015
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-7580 (912) 273-4531
Bio Info Legislation
Committee Assignments
Chairman Senate Public Safety (PubS)
Member Senate Appropriations (App)
Member Senate Finance & Public Utilities (F&PU)
Member Senate Natural Resources (NatR)
Counties Represented
1 Colquitt County
2 Crisp County
3 Dooly County
4 Tift County
5 Turner County
6 Wilcox County
7 Worth County

Biographical Information

Rooney L. Bowen of Cordele has served in the Georgia Senate from the 13th District since 1980 and is now in his ninth term.

Bowen, a Democrat, is the veteran chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee and is a member of the influential Appropriations Committee.

He also serves on the Finance and Public Utilities Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

In addition to his standing committee assignments, Bowen is chairman of the General Assembly's Criminal Justice Improvement Council which studies and reviews the problems and needs of the state's criminal justice system and recommends possible legislation and funding proposals. He served as chairman of the Senate Drug Trafficking Study Committee in 1989; the Legislative Process Study Committee in 1990; and the Senate Deer Baiting Study panel in 1992. He most recently served on the Senate Young Drivers Study Committee.

Bowen is also a member of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority Overview Committee and has represented Georgia on the Environmental Quality and Natural Resources Committee of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).

A veteran lawmaker, Bowen has nearly three decades of experience in the General Assembly having served in the state House of Representatives from 1963-73. Bowen is considered an expert on law enforcement and public safety matters and, as a member of both the Public Safety and Appropriations panels, has spearheaded efforts to make the necessary state funds available to agencies such as the State Patrol and GBI to upgrade law enforcement equipment, standards, and training.

He is the author of the law which requires new police chiefs to attend special law enforcement chief executive training programs in an effort to maintain police professionalism.

Bowen has been honored by the 11,000 member National Federation of Independent Business of Georgia with its Guardian of Small Business Award for his legislative efforts on behalf of free enterprise and small business. He has also been honored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and recognized as "Outstanding Legislator of the Year" by the Georgia Association of Retarded Citizens.

Born July 25, 1933 in Dooly County, Bowen graduated from Unadilla High School and attended the University of Georgia. A successful businessman, he is an auto dealer and funeral director.

A Methodist, Bowen is a mason and member of the Shrine of Al Sihah Temple in Macon. He is divorced and is the father of two grown children.

The 13th District includes: Dooly, Crisp, Wilcox, Turner, Worth and Tift Counties, and portions of Colquitt County.

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