Bowen, 70, a native of Rochester, is a graduate of Indiana University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1939, and a doctor of medicine degree in 1942. Bowmen served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a member of the Army Medical Corps. At the end of the general family medical practice in Bremen. He first ran for public office in 1952, and became the Marshall County coroner. He served as a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1957-58, and from 1961 to 1972. He was minority leader in 1965-66, and speaker of the house three terms, 1967-72. He was elected governor in 1972, and served two terms. He has served as U.S. secretary of health and human services since 1985.