Carl Bearden is the founder and chief executive officer of United for Missouri’s Future and United for Missouri. The organizations were founded in July 2010 for the specific purpose of educating, communicating, and activating (United for Missouri) Missourians on and about fiscal and limited government issues. The organizations have nearly 80,000 members who participate in a wide variety of educational and issue advocacy issues.

Mr. Bearden also served as the state director of  Americans for Prosperity from the summer of 2007 through July 2010. He tripled the membership of the Missouri Chapter and engaged Missourians from all across the state to become effective participants in their government.

Carl Bearden was elected to the Missouri House in 2000. He served as budget chair and Speaker pro-tempore during his time in the legislature. He is best known for being a consistent conservative leader and for his time as budget chair when he changed the budget process, resulting in more accurate revenue estimates and reduced spending. He was known as the ideological core of the Republican majority, especially in financial matters during his time in the Missouri House.

Before entering the legislature, Mr. Bearden served on the St Charles County Council beginning in 1992. As the council’s first chairman for the first three years of its existence, his leadership led to more controlled growth of county government resources and a reduction in county-wide property taxes.

Mr. Bearden has worked in various positions in the private sector, from large corporations to startups, including owning his own company since 1998. His experience in the private sector provided him with a broad array of knowledge and the application of good fiscal management techniques, which he applied to his elected positions.

Carl Bearden served six years in the US Air Force.

Carl and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, a son-in-law, and five grandchildren.