Meet Mark

Mark Owens is a local farmer and ranch owner, small business owner, Crane School Board Chair, former Harney County Commissioner, husband and father, and Republican state representative for Oregon’s House District 60.

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Eastern Oregon has been Mark’s home for nearly 28 years, but his history in the community goes back much farther.

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Although he grew up in Boring, Oregon, Mark spent his summers as a teenager working on a ranch in Harney County before moving here as a young adult, meeting his wife Celeste and making this community their home. He and Celeste started and currently own and operate an alfalfa ranch and custom haying business in Harney County.

As a small business owner in the agricultural industry and a new father, he knew he wanted to do all he could to make Harney County a place that his kids, and future generations of eastern Oregonians, could have similar opportunities for success.

That’s why in 2015, he decided to run for office and in 2016, he was elected to the Harney County Commission where his main priority has been to ensure Harney County is able to sustain local agriculture while looking for additional business opportunities and economic development for the community. The use of natural resources, public lands and protecting our way of life has been and still will be his primary focus.

In addition to his role as a county commissioner, he is the Chair of the Ground Water Study Advisory Committee and liaison for the Oregon Water Resource Department where his role is to ensure the prosperity of our agricultural resources while using water in an economical sustainable fashion.  He holds leadership positions with the Association of Oregon Counties and Eastern Oregon Counties Association, and has served on numerous other commissions, boards and councils to represent eastern Oregon locally and at the state level.

As School Board Chair for Crane Union High School, father of two kids who attend Crane public schools, and husband to Celeste who is an elementary school teacher in Crane, Mark knows how important it is that we make improving our local schools, fully-funding our classrooms, and expanding opportunities for career technical education, trades, and post-secondary education, a top priority in the state legislature.

When Mark is not working on his alfalfa ranch, running his two local businesses or serving in public capacities, he enjoys traveling with Celeste, watching his daughter and son play sports, and fishing.

Mark’s depth of experience and passion make him uniquely qualified to serve as the next state representative for House District 60. He will lead with a clear vision and with the strong values that make our community and our state such a great place to live.

A Strong History

Eastern Oregon has been Mark’s home for nearly 28 years, but his history in the community goes back much farther.

Although he grew up in Boring, Oregon, Mark spent his summers as a teenager working on a ranch in Harney County before moving here as a young adult, meeting his wife Celeste and making this community their home. He and Celeste started and currently own and operate an alfalfa ranch and custom haying business in Harney County.

As a small business owner in the agricultural industry and a new father, he knew he wanted to do all he could to make Harney County a place that his kids, and future generations of eastern Oregonians, could have similar opportunities for success.  

Local Leadership

  • State Representative, House District 60
  • Farmer and Owner, Owens Hay LLC
  • Harney County Commissioner
  • School Board Chair, Crane High School
  • Chair of the Ground Water Study Advisory Committee
  • Association of Oregon Counties, Co-Chair, Natural Resources Committee, Tri Chair of Federal Land Management Sub Committee.
  • Eastern Oregon Counties Association, Vice-Chair, Co-Convener of the Blues Intergovernmental Council
  • National Association of Counties

Issues

Sustainable Agriculture

Our top priority needs to be protecting and strengthening our sustainable agricultural positions in farming, ranching, logging and mining  while looking for additional business opportunities and economic development for the community. By supporting multiple use with responsible management, we can preserve and enhance our natural resources and public lands.

Education & Opportunity

Oregon’s kids are our future—they deserve the very best we can give them. That means fully funding education with adequate, stable, and accountable dollars, and demanding results from our education system. We need educational choice and opportunities for career technical education, trades, and post-secondary education.

Economic Growth

Eastern Oregon is the greatest place to live and has a lot to offer. We need to encourage sustainable growth and innovation throughout our communities. And, we need to stop tax increases, hidden fees and red tape that are barriers to growth. We need to promote policy, rules, and law that support development and are business friendly to promote growth. By working together at a local and state level, and supporting our small and local businesses, we can create long-term economic strength.

Accountability in Leadership

Our government needs to work for us, not against our rural values and principles. State agencies and elected officials need to be held accountable for their decisions and fulfill their obligations made to citizens and local governments across Eastern Oregon—it is time for us not to be left behind.

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