CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, September 26, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5509, a bill to name the Department of Veterans Affairs temporary lodging facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the “Dr. Otis Bowen Veteran House,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5509 was introduced on June 16, 2016, by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
H.R. 5509 would designate the Department of Veterans Affairs temporary lodging facility in Indianapolis, Indiana as the “Dr. Otis Bowen Veteran House”.
Otis Bowen was born near Rochester, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University and received his M.D. from Indiana University Medical School. During World War II he served in the army medical corps. When he returned to the United States he began his private practice, acquiring a respected place in Bremen as the country doctor.
For fourteen years Bowen served as a Republican representative in the state legislature, the first ever to serve three consecutive sessions as speaker of the house. Having lost the Republican nomination for governor to Edgar Whitcomb in 1968, in 1972 Bowen was elected governor. After passage of the state constitutional amendment in 1972 allowing governors to serve consecutive four-year terms, he became in 1976 the first modern governor to succeed himself. His administration has been marked by a tax restructuring program, reducing property taxes and increasing the sales tax.
After leaving office, Dr. Bowen became professor of medicine and director of undergraduate family practice education at the Indiana University Medical Center. Late in 1985, President Ronald W. Reagan nominated him as Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services. Quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he served in the cabinet until President Reagan left office on January 20, 1989. Dr. Bowen died on May 4, 2013 at the age of 95.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.