M. Scott Bowen was appointed eighth
commissioner of the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery on January 13,
Bowen, of Grand Rapids, had previously
served as the director of the Office of the State Employer. He was a
practicing attorney and served as judge of the 62 A District Court in
Wyoming until July 2005. Prior to his judicial appointment, Bowen was a
partner at McInerney & Bowen and was a founder and partner of Bowen,
Distel & Haynes P.L.C.
In addition to Bowen's appointment as the
director of the Office of the State Employer and his judicial
appointment, Bowen's previous government experience includes two terms
on the Grand Rapids City Council, serving as president in 1999. Bowen
was also a special assistant attorney general for the Michigan
Department of Transportation.
Bowen earned his law degree from the
University of Detroit Law School and his bachelor's degree from Michigan
The lottery commissioner is responsible
for the overall management and operation of the bureau, including
development of long range plans, formulation of policy, assuring the
accountability and integrity of the lottery, and establishing and
maintaining contact with state legislators to research, evaluate, and
gauge the impact of lottery related legislation.
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