Gibbons appoints Sue Lowden to state Board of Medical Examiners

CARSON CITY -- Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden -- whose comments about how people should offer their doctors chickens in trade for service -- now has a real chance to do something about the medical profession.

Gov. Jim Gibbons on Tuesday appointed Lowden to the state Board of Medical Examiners, the group that oversees doctors and medical practices in Nevada.

"Sue Lowden's outstanding public service contributions to the people of Nevada make her an excellent choice for appointment to this important positions," said Gibbons in a statement.

She will replace Van Hefner, of Las Vegas, who recently resigned. Lowden's term will expire June 30, 2014.

Lowden, 58, led in the polls in her Republican primary bid for Senate, but then lost after advocating a return to the system where patients bartered on how to pay their doctors.

"Before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I'll paint your house," she said during her campaign.

Critics and opponents then began to mock her as the "chicken lady" and she was soundly defeated by Sharron Angle.

Lowden served in the state Senate from November 1992 to November 1996. She has lived and worked in Nevada for more than 30 years. She was a television broadcaster in Las Vegas, former president of the Santa Fe and former executive vice president of the Sahara.

Lowden now is a secretary-treasurer of Archon Corp., an investment and gaming company.

"I am proud that Governor Gibbons has chosen me for this position," Lowden said. "I am looking forward to working with the other board members to protect our health system in Nevada."