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Rep. Russ Carnahan

Former Representative for Missouri’s 3rd District

Carnahan was the representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2005 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Russ Carnahan [D-MO3, 2005-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Carnahan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Carnahan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Carnahan was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Carnahan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (39%) International Affairs (16%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Health (7%) Energy (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Carnahan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Carnahan voted No

Carnahan voted Yea

Carnahan voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Carnahan voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Jan 2013, Carnahan missed 146 of 6,351 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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