Kent Haden is a life long resident of the 43rd District. He was raised at Hatton in northern Callaway County, and is a graduate of North Callaway High School. He attended the University of Missouri College Of Agriculture and the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

Haden was inspired to run to help protect the basic American liberties all Missourians enjoy. Haden believes the founders of this country got it right when they defended life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He wants to protect the right to life, the right to bear arms, and keep citizens free from unnecessary regulation. Haden believes that every year, the government has grown bigger and more expensive. He believes need representation in Jefferson City that will protect what matters most to our families and neighbors.

Haden is running because he wants to maintain the district’s tradition of sending strong advocates for agriculture to Jefferson City. He believes agriculture is absolutely critical to Missouri’s rural economy, but that today there are very few elected officials in the General Assembly with experience in production agriculture or agricultural business. After working early in his career in private veterinary practice and as a disease control veterinarian for Missouri, Haden worked 28 years for MFA, Incorporated in various capacities, last serving as vice president in charge of feed and animal health. Haden worked the last eight years for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as state epidemiologist, retiring at the end of 2017.

Kent Haden and his wife, Brenda, live on a farm south of Mexico that is split on the Audrain and Callaway county line. Brenda is a retired teacher in the Mexico public school system. The Hadens have three children, Jenny (Chris) Bilbro, Brent (Connie) Haden, Dr. Tyler (Hannah) Haden and six grandsons. Haden is a member of First Baptist Church of Mexico, where he teaches Sunday school, and is currently chairman of the deacons.


Advocating for Farmers

Kent is a large animal veterinarian and worked at MFA, Incorporated for 28 years, and he lives on his own farm with his wife Brenda. He knows the importance of sending experienced agriculture advocates to Jefferson City. Kent is ready to use his expertise to be a bold voice for Missouri farmers in the state legislature.

Championing our Values

Kent is a dedicated conservative who deeply cherishes our rural Missouri values. As State Representative, he will defend our Second Amendment rights, protect the unborn, and ensure more of our hard-earned money stays in our pockets.

Supporting Missouri Businesses

Kent knows that big government makes it difficult for Missouri businesses to grow and thrive. That is why he will be committed to shrinking the size of our state government and cutting unnecessary regulations that constrict hard-working entrepreneurs.


“The founders of this country got it right when they defended life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles are important to all of us and as State Representative, I will fight to protect them.”
-Kent Haden