John Russell " Russ" Carnahan (* July 10 1958 in Columbia, Missouri ) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He was elected in November 2004 in the House of Representatives of the United States and represented there from 2005 to 2013 the state of Missouri.
Russ Carnahan is the son of the late Mel Carnahan, a former governor of Missouri, and the former U.S. senator Jean Carnahan. His sister Robin Carnahan has held the office of Secretary of State of Missouri since 2004 and ran unsuccessfully in 2010 against Roy Blunt for the U.S. Senate.
1979 Carnahan earned at the University of Missouri in Columbia the bachelor's degree, in 1983 he received the Juris Doctor from the Law School of the University. For political office, he applied for the first time in the election for the House of Representatives in 1990, where he clearly defeated the Republican incumbent Bill Emerson with a vote share of 42.7 percent. From 2002 to 2004 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri, before he again ran for Congress in 2004 and was successful this time: With 52.9 percent of the vote, he defeated Republican William J. Federer and thus became the successor in January 2005 of not more candidates to Dick Gephardt.
As a result, Carnahan was confirmed in 2006 and 2008 by a large majority. Even after the elections of 2010, the nationwide brought the Democrats big losses, he retained his seat; However, he scored not even an absolute majority over the Republican challenger Ed Martin ( 46.7 percent) with a share of 48.9 percent. When the internal party preselection for Congress 2012 Election Carnahan defeated his rival Eric C. Mayer, then the Republican nominee Blaine Luetkemeyer subject. Carnahan Conference career ended then on January 3, 2013.
Carnahan, who belongs to the New Democrat Coalition, was in the House of Representatives of the Transport Committee, the Veterans Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee and six subcommittees.