Mark Townsend was born and raised in Northeast Missouri, he and his wife, Amy, are now raising their two young children in Greensburg, Missouri. Mark is very active in the community. He also has been a successful business man in the area for years owning and operating his own business. Mark is a member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. He served as a Chief of the Baring Volunteer Fire Department for close to 15 years, and currently serves as Assistant Secretary on the board of Knox County Mutual Insurance Company. Mark also works on the family farm which his grandfather started over 50 years ago. In his free time, he spends many hours in the great outdoors hunting and fishing.