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Carl Bearden (born January 18, 1956) is a Missouri Republican politician who was the Speaker pro Tempore for the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007. He lives in St. Charles, Missouri, with his wife, Deborah. They have two children, Amber and Allison.
Education and work experience
He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, with a B.S. in industrial technology. He served in the United States Air Force for 6 years. He currently owns and operates a consulting company.
Bearden is the founder of the Management and Fiscal Policy Commission, and has formerly served on the Missouri Association of Counties Board of Directors, the St. Charles County Master Plan 2010 Committee, and the St. Charles County charter review commission.
Rep. Bearden served on the St. Charles county council for eight years prior to being elected a state representative. He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2000, winning reelection in 2002, 2004, and 2006. He served as Chairman of the House Budget committee and as a voting member on the special committee on Student Achievement, as well as the standing committees of Higher Education and Rules. As the Speaker Pro Tem, Carl was an ex officio member of all House committees. Recently, Bearden has become the director of United for Missouri, a grassroots organization that is working to promote government transparency in Missouri and tackle Missouri-based issues.
- "Representative Carl Bearden". House.missouri.gov. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO: Secretary of State.