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Frank was born and raised in Des Moines and became a member of the City Council in 2002. In 2004, he was sworn into the mayor’s office and is Des Moines’ longest-serving mayor. Frank owns Cownie Furs which was founded by his grandfather and has been a Des Moines institution for over 110 years. Frank and his partner Tina have six children and seven grandchildren.
Mayor Cownie serves in leadership roles on the local, national, and international stages representing issues that he is most passionate about – elimination of nuclear weapons, local control, green initiatives, climate change, jobs, and the economy.
Mayors for Peace United State Vice President since 2017
ICLEI Local Governemnts for Sustainability USA and ICLEI Global since 2009
Mayor Innovation Project since 2006
Original member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
United State Conference of mayors Board of Trustees Executive Committee since 2010
National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council Committee Member (2010-2012)
He works diligently with his fellow council members for sustainable growth in the city towards producing long-term benefits to the community. His goal has always been to build a brighter future and a better community for generations to come.
From day one, Frank has spent much of his time in the neighborhoods listening to community members. Frank’s vision for Des Moines will continue to be shaped by his conversations with neighbors and business.
Frank will continue to focus on public safety, infrastructure, public works, parks, and healthy neighborhoods. Frank wants to keep Des Moines on the leading edge to ensure that our kids and their kids continue to call Des Moines home.
167-acre park featuring a 1.9-mi. lighted walking path around a lake.
Multifunctional space that hosts numerous community events.
Mayor's annual bike ride to raise money for trails across the city.
LEED building is the standard for future buildings.
Des Moines is home to 74 parks with modern amenities.