The ‘typical’ path of a State Representative candidate usually goes through law school, internships with other legislators, maybe a run for school board, but doesn’t usually include a successful career as a Christian musician touring the nation. Caleb Rowden isn’t a ‘typical’ kind of State Representative, and that is one of his best qualities.
Rowden and his family moved to Columbia in the summer of 1990. Rowden recalls one year when his dad abruptly lost his job and the entire family came together to mow lawns for the duration of the summer to help ensure the bills were paid. It was then and there that Rowden learned that life is hard, but with hard work and people coming together, much can be accomplished. It was during several missions trips to a homeless mission in Atlanta, Georgia, and a summer long internship with a missions organization in Reynosa, Mexico, that Rowden’s passion for people truly began to take hold of his life.
After attending Mill Creek Elementary, Gentry Middle School, and Jefferson Junior High, Rowden graduated from Rock Bridge High in 2001. While he attended the University of Missouri, Rowden’s music career began to take off. Fast forward 10 years…Rowden’s music career included inking two record deals with national record labels, two top 20 radio singles, touring more than 40 states, and thousands of records sold. His love for music continued in his work when he took the position of Worship and Creative Arts Pastor at his home church, Christian Chapel in Columbia, Missouri.
While at Christian Chapel, Caleb was tapped to be the liaison between the church and local non-profit organizations, and his passion for mid-Missouri and its people began to grow exponentially. That heightened passion eventually led to his announcement to run for State Representative in early 2012.
On August 7th, 2012, Caleb officially won the Republican nomination for the 44th District by winning a 4-way primary in very convincing fashion. Despite being the only candidate not to have run for state office in the past, and despite being outspent 2 to 1 by one of his primary opponents, Rowden emerged victorious, securing more than 41% of the vote. And on November 6th, 2012, Caleb became the 44th District State Representative, beating former State Senator Ken Jacob by 320 votes out of more than 15,600 ballots cast.
Politically, Caleb believes that you know better how to run your life than the government does. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping small business move forward. He believes that, in an era of bad investments, the best investment we can make is in our kids and their future. And as a 20+ year resident of Columbia, he has seen time and time again the importance of the University of Missouri to our local economy, as well as our state as a whole. He will work to ensure MU’s partnership with the state is strong for many years to come.
Caleb is married to Aubrey, owner of LoveTree Studios in Columbia. They have one son, Willem Keane, who was born on February 9th, 2013. Caleb owns Clarius Interactive, a media and marketing company also based out of Columbia.
FUN FACTS ABOUT CALEB
FULL NAME – Caleb Forbey Rowden
BIRTHPLACE – Joplin, MO
HOBBIES - Golf, basketball, golf, attending MIZZOU football and basketball games, golf, volunteering at local non-profits, and golf.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS – The Mentalist, Parks and Recreation, The Office, New Girl, House
WHAT’S ON CALEB’S IPOD – Coldplay, U2, Adele, MuteMath, Brooke Fraser, The Civil Wars [and a whole lot more]
WEB BROWSER OF CHOICE – Google Chrome
FAVORITE WEBSITE – SI.com [Sports Illustrated]
FAVORITE ICE CREAM – Mint Oreo w/ Magic Shell Topping