Mark Owens is a local farmer and small business owner, Crane School Board Member, former Harney County Commissioner, husband and father, and Republican state representative for Oregon's House District 60.
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, and making this community their home. He currently owns and operates an alfalfa ranch and custom haying business in Harney County.
Prior to being elected state representative, Mark served as a Harney County Commissioner where his main priority was to ensure Harney County's ability 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.
As a former School Board Chair for Crane Union High School, father of two kids who attend Crane public schools, and husband to an elementary school teacher, 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.
Mark currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Water, and on the House Committees for Education, Energy and Environment, and Human Services.
Mark's depth of experience and passion make him uniquely qualified to serve as our 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.
When not working on his alfalfa ranch, running his local businesses or serving in public capacities, Mark enjoys traveling with his family, watching his daughter and son play sports, and fishing.
- Farmer and Owner, Owens Hay LLC
- Blue Intergovernmental Council, Co–Convener
- Harney Community-Based Water Planning Co-Convener
- Harney County Groundwater Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
- Crane School Board, Member
- Groundwater Advisory Committee
- Harney County Watershed Council