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Bill Owens

  • American politician
  • Born October 22, 1950

William Forrester Owens (born October 22, 1950) is an American attorney, author, and former politician who served as the 40th Governor of Colorado from 1999 to 2007. Owens was re-elected in 2002 by the largest majority in Colorado history, after making transportation, education, and tax cuts the focus of his governorship. As of 2019, he is the last Republican to serve as Governor of Colorado.


Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.




A renewed commitment to the freedom and opportunity of our people is the touchstone of our time. In this new century, where tests are many and challenges change with the shifting of the wind, we must hold fast to the principles that have made our nation the envy of the world.




Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, no matter what the project.




It is the solemn obligation of a leader always to be a leader. Even when - perhaps especially when - you don't feel like being a leader.




Freedom is contagious. That's why despots fear it so much.




True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.




Families are the tie that reminds us of yesterday, provide strength and support today, and give us hope for tomorrow. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, or well-managed, can provide what our families provide.




Leadership is an active role; 'lead' is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.




If you ask me to compromise on principle, I will get out the veto pen.




We must renew our efforts to keep our communities safe, from the dangers of terrorists from foreign lands and from common criminals here at home. Let no criminal believe that tough fiscal times will yield an open cell door and a ticket to freedom.




This year, we must address the Colorado Paradox. We have more college degrees per capita than any state. Yet we lag the nation in the percentage of students who go on to higher education.




All the faith and good will in the world is wasted without direction.




I believe the Patriot Act strikes the right balance needed to protect our freedom and security.




While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to craft effective solutions.




It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.




As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.




Our American story, for generations, is of a people who seek to move forward. A people who look at a mountain and worry not about the tough climb ahead, but dream about the view from the summit.




Government can't create wealth, but it can create the conditions for private enterprise to flourish.




Ideally the world would look like Davos, where there's more security than we can even see on the street.




Government frequently has a problem recognizing perception versus reality.




Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.




A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce.




We know that, when it comes to technology and the economy, if you're not constantly moving forward, then - without a doubt - you're moving backwards.




In this new century, our commitment to family and to faith, to community and opportunity, to freedom and to hope, will be the light that shines to lead us forward.



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