Former Colorado governor Owens getting divorce |

Former Colorado governor Owens getting divorce

DENVER, Colorado – Former Gov. Bill Owens and Frances Owens are getting a divorce after more than 30 years of marriage and nearly three years after the couple reconciled after a separation.

A statement released to Denver newspapers Wednesday called the decision “private and mutual” and said the couple will remain friends.

A message left by The Associated Press at Owens’ office was not immediately returned.

The couple separated for 20-months beginning in 2003, with then Governor Owens moving out of their Centennial home and into the Governor’s Mansion. They reconciled in May 2005.

Neither has publicly state why they separated.

The couple has two adult children and one child who attends high school.

Owens, a Republican who left office in January 2007 after serving two terms, is a vice chairman for Greenwich, Conn.-based RBS Greenwich Capital, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland. His role is global banking and markets as well as public-private infrastructure finance.

He also is an active partner in a firm that buys land for residential and commercial development, which he joined shortly after his term ended, and a senior fellow at the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy Studies.

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