Rep. Mark Owens voices opposition to cap & trade policy, urges legislature to refer bill to voters

February 25, 2020

Andrea Dominguez, 541-889-8866

SALEM—Mark Owens (R-Crane) voiced his opposition today to House Bill 4167 and Senate Bill 1530, the cap and trade legislation that has been introduced in both House and Senate Chambers, by denying the probability for the legislation to be pushed through the House without a commitment to refer the bills to the voters.

“As the state representative for House District 60, my number one job is to represent the citizens in my district and my number one priority is to be their voice in Salem,” said Rep. Owens, who was appointed to the position in January. “The voters have spoken—they have strongly and consistently opposed this cap and trade policy and I stand by them without question.”

Owens represents all of Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur Counties and parts of Lake County. The five counties issued proclamations and/or signed on to the Eastern Oregon Counties Association proclamation last week in opposition to the cap and trade legislation, joining a total of 26 counties across Oregon who did the same.

“The short session was designed to fix budget tweaks and make policy fixes, not to play politics with people and pass legislation that would assuredly negatively impact the livelihood of every Oregonians,” Owens continued. “I have said from the start that this issue needs to be referred to the voters who have the right to make the final determination on something as significant as this bill. I will continue to advocate for that process and until that happens, I will not allow for this abuse of power to take place.”


Mark Owens Officially Sworn-In As State Representative for Oregon House District 60

January 30, 2020

Andrea Dominguez, Chief of Staff, 541-889-8866

REDMOND—Mark Owens (R-Crane), a local farmer and small business owner who was recently appointed to the House District 60 seat by a unanimous vote of the County Commissioners, was officially sworn-in today as Oregon’s newest State Representative by Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno in Redmond, with family and friends in attendance.   The location was moved to Redmond to accommodate Secretary Clarno’s schedule.

Oregon House District 60 includes all of Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, and part of Lake Counties.  The House District 60 seat was recently vacated upon the resignation of Rep. Lynn Findley (R-Vale), who was appointed to the Senate District 30 seat following the resignation of former-Senator Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario).

Owens resigned his recent position as Harney County Commissioner effective January 29, and will immediately report to Salem to take part in the 2020 Legislative Session, which will commence on Monday, February 3.

Rep. Owens said, “I am honored to be a part of this esteemed group of individuals who craft the legislation that governs our state.  I look forward to working on the important issues that face Oregon, and serving as a voice for our Eastern Oregon communities in Salem.”

Rep. Owens can be reached during the Session via phone at 503-986-1460 or via email at


Mark Owens Appointed as Oregon State Representative in House District 60

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2020

Ontario, Ore—Today, Republican Mark Owens was selected unanimously by County Commissioners as the next state representative for House District 60. The position was left vacant after Senator Lynn Findley resigned and was appointed to the Oregon State Senate on January 6.

“I am thankful and humbled today to have been appointed to serve as the next state representative for House District 60,” said Owens. “I look forward to serving the communities and being a voice for eastern Oregon in Salem.”

Owens, a Harney County Commissioner, farmer and small business owner, and Crane School Board Chair, filed to run for the seat on November 4, 2019.

“At the state level, there is a lot of work to be done to protect our way of life in eastern Oregon and to provide a better path for future generations of Oregonians,” Owens said. “We need to make sustainable natural resources a top priority. Our kids deserve stronger schools and greater opportunities for their career paths. Families need financial stability instead of living paycheck to paycheck and having to worry about the next tax increase coming our way from Salem.”

“Most importantly, my top priority and my number one job will be to listen, learn and represent the constituents in eastern Oregon.”

House District 60 encompasses all of Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties as well as portions of Lake County. Owens will be sworn in later this month and will serve in the short legislative session that begins on Monday, February 3.

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Mark Owens Announces Campaign for State Representative

Crane, Ore—Today, Republican Mark Owens, local farmer and Harney County Commissioner, announced his candidacy for state representative in Oregon’s House District 60. The seat is currently held by Rep. Lynn Findley (R-Vale) who announced last week he will be running for the Oregon Senate.

“I can’t think of a better place to live, work and raise a family than where we live today, and as the next state representative for eastern Oregon, I will work to make sure we build a sustainable future for the next generation of Oregonians,” said Owens. “Our communities need an advocate in Salem that understands our unique way of life and the challenges we face, and who will make sure opportunities abound for our citizens—I will be that advocate.”

As a teenager, Owens spent his summers working on a ranch in Harney County before he moved to Harney County full time in 2001. His greatest accomplishment was meeting and marrying his wife Celeste who had moved into the area to teach school after college. They were able to start and currently operate an alfalfa ranch and custom haying business. Celeste is an elementary school teacher in Crane and their two children, ages 15 and 11, attend Crane public schools.

Owens was elected to the Harney County Commission in 2016 where his priority has been to ensure Harney County is able to sustain local agriculture while looking for additional business opportunities for the county. The use of natural resources, public lands and protecting our way of life has been and still will be his primary focus.

In addition, he serves as Chair of the Ground Water Study Advisory Committee and liaison for the Oregon Water Resource Department, and as the School Board Chair for Crane Union High School. He has served on numerous commissions, boards and councils to represent eastern Oregon locally and at the state level.

“We have been greatly represented by Representative Findley and Senator Bentz, and it would be an honor to carry on their great work and be a voice for the citizens of Eastern Oregon in the Oregon legislature,” said Owens.

Owens will file his candidacy today and launch his formal campaign this week.