COMO YOU KNOW: Caleb Rowden

Monday, April 21, 2014 | 4:24 p.m. CDT; updated 6:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Caleb Forbey Rowden

Title: Missouri's 44th District state representative 

Born: Joplin, Mo.

College: University of Missouri

Caleb Rowden is Missouri's 44th District state representative, and represents both Boone and Randolph counties. He was elected to his first term in office on Nov. 6, 2012. He serves on the House Budget, Higher Education and Economic Development committees. 

Rowden was born in Joplin. His family moved to Columbia in 1990, where he graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2001. He attended MU before touring the country as the singer and guitarist of a Christian rock band, which landed two record deals with a national record label. About a decade later, Rowden ended up back in Columbia. 

He married in 2005 and spent five years as the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor at Christian Chapel. Rowden has been involved in various organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Columbia Northwest. When the 44th District was formed due to redistricting, Rowden ran for the open seat. On Nov. 6, 2012, he claimed the seat as a young Republican concerned with helping small businesses and using local entrepreneurship to support economic development. 

Rowden also owns a media and marketing company, Clarius Interactive, which is based out of Columbia. His wife owns LoveTree Studios in Columbia. He became a father in February of 2013. When he used to have free time, he enjoyed playing golf. 

Updated: April 21, 2014

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