World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bill Lowery (politician)


Bill Lowery (politician)

William David Lowery
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
San Diego, California
Political party Republican
Alma mater San Diego State University

William David Lowery (born May 2, 1947) is an American politician and lobbyist from California. A Republican, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993.


  • Prior to Election 1
  • City Council 2
  • Congress 3
  • Lobbyist 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Prior to Election

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

Lowery was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1977 at the age of 30. As a close ally of then Mayor Pete Wilson, Lowery supported development of the San Diego Trolley, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Horton Plaza. He 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, who started the campaign 27 points behind his opponent but finished 10 points ahead, proved to be very popular as congressman. 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. Not wishing to endure a primary, Lowery dropped out. Cunningham was elected, and ultimately 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.

External links


  1. ^ 2005-12-23 by Jerry KammerUnion-Tribune"Close ties make Rep. Lewis, lobbyist Lowery a potent pair", San Diego
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
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.