Frank Cownie

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Frank Cownie
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Mayor of Des Moines
Assumed office
January 5, 2004
Preceded byPreston Daniels
Personal details
Born1948 (age 70–71)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationIowa State University

Thomas Michael Franklin "Frank" Cownie (born 1948) is the current mayor of Des Moines, Iowa in the United States.[1] He owns and operates Cownie Furs, a store that has been in his family for generations.

Cownie is a Des Moines native. He grew up on the city's west side, attending Theodore Roosevelt High School and Iowa State University. He came from a political family; both of his parents served on the city's school board.

Prior to serving as mayor, he served for two years as an at-large member of the Des Moines City Council. He also served several terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was chairman of Downtown Des Moines, Inc.

While Iowa's city elections are non-partisan, Cownie is a Democrat. He narrowly finished 2nd in a six-way primary in 2003, and later defeated Councilwoman Christine Hensley by a nine-point margin. He succeeded fellow Democrat Preston Daniels. In 2015 he was re-elected for a fourth term with 80 percent of the vote, 61 points ahead of Anthony Taylor.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2003 Des Moines Mayoral Primary Election
    • Christine Hensley 7,301 (36.5%)
    • Frank Cownie 4,330 (21.7%)
    • Mark McCormick 4,298 (21.5%)
    • Gayle Collins 3,456 (17.29%)
    • Peter M. Rose 388 (1.94%)
    • Mary J. Martin 180 (0.9%)
  • 2003 Des Moines Mayoral General Election
    • Frank Cownie 16,581 (54.2%)
    • Christine Hensley 13,848 (45.3%)
  • 2007 Des Moines Mayoral General Election
    • Frank Cownie 6,455 (79.0%)
    • Diana Newberry 1,617 (19.8%)
  • 2011 Des Moines Mayoral General Election
    • Frank Cownie 4,363 (92.1%)
    • Write-in 374 (7.9%)
  • 2015 Des Moines Mayoral General Election[3]
    • Frank Cownie 6,106 (80.2%)
    • Anthony Taylor 1,433 (18.8%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of Des Moines - Mayor and Council Members". City of Des Moines. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ [1]
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Political offices
Preceded by
Preston Daniels
Mayor of Des Moines
Succeeded by