Nevada Republican Party and represented Clark County in the Nevada Senate from 1993 through 1997, when she defeated the State Senate Majority Leader, Jack Vergiels. She was immediately elected Senate Majority Whip and chairman of the Senate Taxation Committee. Lowden has announced that she is running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the 2010 election.
In 1973 Sue Lowden was Miss New Jersey, and finished second in the Miss America contest.  She moved to Nevada in the 1970's and became a reporter and anchor at KLAS Channel 8 News.