Tom Owen (politician)

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Tom Owen is a historian and Democratic politician in Louisville, Kentucky, former Metro Council President, and current councilman for District 8, a position he has held since it was created in 2002. Prior to that, he had served on the old Board of Aldermen from 1990 to 1998. He is a full professor at the University of Louisville, and has worked at the school since 1968. He holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He and his wife, Phyllis, have a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.[1]

He challenged eventual mayor David L. Armstrong in the 1998 Democratic mayoral primary.[2]

Owen grew up in the Parkland neighborhood and lives in the Tyler Park area. He was once a practicing Methodist minister. He is a local historian and activist, particularly with causes related to alternative transportation, and is known for advocating and practicing use of the bicycle for transportation and commuting. He also leads historic tours of Louisville landmarks, called Tom Owen's Louisville.[3]


  1. ^ "About Tom Owen". City of Louisville, Kentucky. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Poynter, Chris (January 6, 2003). "Inaugural day snapshots". Courier-Journal. 
  3. ^ Elson, Martha (October 8, 2002). "Election 2002; Metro Council District 8 Candidates". Courier-Journal.