Burgess Owens is an American politician, nonprofit leader, and former professional football player who has represented Utah’s 4th congressional district in Congress since 2021.
He played safety for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders for ten seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1980. Owens has created many businesses and is the CEO of a foundation committed to assisting troubled and jailed youngsters since leaving the NFL.
Owens, a Republican, defeated Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams in the 2020 race. Owens is one of two black Republicans in the House of Representatives, along with Byron Donalds.
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Owens was married for 34 years and had six children before divorcing his wife, according to his website. He has survived prostate cancer.
Owens is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has expressed his religion openly.
During his final season with the Oakland Raiders, he joined the Church.
Owens (raised Baptist) and his wife Josie (raised Catholic) were baptized on December 31, 1982, thanks to the influence of teammate Todd Christensen.
On the 10th anniversary of the 1978 Revelation on Priesthood, he addressed at a meeting hosted by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies in 1988.