Former Surface Transportation Board (Board) Vice Chairman Gus A. Owen, a California Republican, was one of the Board’s three original Members (along with former Chairman Linda J. Morgan and former Vice Chairman J. J. Simmons, III). He served from 1996 until the end of 1998.
Prior to his service with the Board, Vice Chairman Owen was a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), the Board’s predecessor agency, from 1994 until that agency was abolished on December 31, 1995.
Before entering federal public service, Vice Chairman Owen was the President of Owen Properties, a California commercial and residential property development and management firm. He also founded banking and computer businesses. Vice Chairman Owen was involved in state public service as a member of the California Fish and Game Commission, and the California State Building Standards Commission. Vice Chairman Owen also was the vice chairman of the California Institute, a bipartisan organization charged with promoting California’s economic viability and competitiveness.