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Arizona Game and Fish Commission recognizes Senator David Gowan

Posted February 7, 2023

Receives Advocate of the Year award


PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recognized Arizona State Senator David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista) with the Advocate of the Year award at the Commission Awards Banquet in Phoenix, Jan. 21.

Senator Gowan is a strong advocate of the outdoors and recreation in Arizona, supporting the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) budget and enhanced funding for the department’s drought mitigation efforts.

Gowan notably sponsored legislation supporting the effort to make donated tags available to children whose veteran, peace officer or firefighter parents were killed in the line of duty.

“Senator Gowan is a key Arizona Senate member. His role on the Senate Appropriations Committee was instrumental in getting wildlife conservation related legislation approved for several years. Approval of SB1170 in support of veterans, police and firefighters was a huge accomplishment during the last session,” said Jim Goughnour, Chair of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. “Senator Gowan provided key leadership in the legislature approving the debt payment of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Gowan has been and remains a strong advocate for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Commission appreciates his many contributions.”

Additionally, the Senator served as a key negotiator amending language of a bill to reduce license fees by up to 25% for disabled veterans. The 2022 55th Arizona legislative session was one of the most successful and beneficial for the Arizona Game and Fish Department due in large part to the Senator’s contributions.

Senator Gowan currently represents Arizona’s 19th legislative district and serves on several Senate Committees, including Military Affairs, Public Safety and Border Security (Chair); Natural Resources, Energy and Water; and Finance.