Bill Lowery (politician)

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William David Lowery
Bill Lowery.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 41st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Bob Wilson
Succeeded by Jay C. Kim
Personal details
Born (1947-05-02) May 2, 1947 (age 67)
San Diego, California, USA
Political party Republican

Prior to Election[edit]

Bill Lowery was born May 2, 1947 in San Diego, California. He attended San Diego State University. His father was a small businessman owning and operating a hardware store. His father died when Bill was nine years old, leaving Bill's mother to struggle to keep the family together. Bill was active in politics from the time he first attended college where he was involved in student politics on the conservative side, arranging peaceful demonstrations on behalf of free speech on campus for American corporations and the right for ROTC to recruit on campus, among other causes. He worked as National Youth Director for President Ford's campaign, and was a political operative for the California Republican Party.

City Council[edit]

Bill was elected to City Council in San Diego in 1977 at the age of 30. As a close ally of then Mayor Pete Wilson, Bill worked to bring reality to the San Diego Trolley, the Gas Lamp Quarter and Horton Plaza. Bill also was particularly supportive of efforts on behalf of Mission Bay Park. He was elected by his colleagues to the post of Deputy Mayor in 1980.


In 1980, Lowery was elected to Congress from California's 41st congressional district, which included most of San Diego, after 28-year incumbent Bob Wilson retired. Lowery proved to be very popular starting 27 points behind his opponent and finishing 10 points ahead. He was reelected five times with little difficulty.

Lowery focused his efforts in Congress on improving San Diego. He was a major opponent of off-shore oil drilling, a major supporter of the reclamation of waste water and the Otay Mesa border crossing.

Although there was no finding of wrongdoing by any government agency of Lowery's activities, he received substantial bad press in connection with the House Banking scandal, and yet again, from his friendship with Don Dixon, a major player in the Savings and Loan scandal.

In the redistricting after the 1990 Census, Lowery was moved into the district of a fellow Republican, Duke Cunningham. After serving 12 years in Congress Lowery had had enough. Not wishing to endure a primary, Lowery dropped out. Ironically, after Cunningham was elected he became the center of a multi-million dollar bribery scandal a decade later and was forced to resign after pleading guilty to bribery in 2005.


Since leaving Congress, Lowery has worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.. He specializes in adding "earmarks" into appropriation bills for his clients. Lowery had been particularly effective in lobbying his friend, ex-Representative Jerry Lewis. Lowery, his firm, and clients have donated 37% of Lewis' $1.3 million PAC income in the past six years.[1]

Lowery owns two homes, a townhouse on Capitol Hill, and a 14-acre (0.06 km²) waterfront property in King William County, Virginia.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 41st congressional district

Succeeded by
Jay C. Kim