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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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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%) Energy (7%) Health (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Carnahan’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Carnahan’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Yea H.R. 658 (112th): FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
Feb 3, 2012. Passed 248/169.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 3808 (111th): Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010
Nov 17, 2010. Failed 185/235.
Yea H.R. 3123 (111th): To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to remedy problems caused ...
Sep 8, 2009. Failed 206/191.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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.

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Primary Sources

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