Judge Benjamin M. Bowden is the Probate Judge of Covington County, Alabama. He was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the position on November 8, 2008.
Judge Bowden received his juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Alabama Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif, a Hugo Black Scholar, and finished in the Top 10% of his graduating class.
After graduation, Judge Bowden entered on active duty with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving at Bitburg AB, Germany, and Aviano AB, Italy.
He left active duty in 1997 and joined the law firm of Albrittons, Clifton, Alverson, Moody, and Bowden, P.C. in Andalusia, Alabama, the oldest law firm in continuous existence in the State of Alabama. Judge Bowden maintained a general litigation practice while also serving as the Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Andalusia and as an assistant district attorney. During this time, Judge Bowden successfully prosecuted two capital murder cases, one of which was the longest jury trial in the history of Covington County.
Judge Bowden has remained a member of the Air Force Reserves since leaving active duty. In 2008, Judge Bowden deployed to Balad AB, Iraq, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He currently holds the rank ofLieutenant Colonel.
The probate judge’s office is responsible for Probate Court, Vehicle Licensing, Public Records, and Elections. The office has gross receipts each year in excess of three million dollars and has thirteen employees.
Judge Bowden has held various positions in the community, to include Chairman of the Covington County Republican Party, Lay Delegate to the 2000 and 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, President of the Andalusia Rotary Club, President of Andalusia Elementary PTO, and youth league coach. He is married to the former Angela Mobley and he and Angie have two children, Anna Beth (16) and Sim (12).