Since taking office in 2005, U.S. Rep Russ Carnahan has worked to help families and businesses throughout the greater St. Louis region by supporting strong economic development, encouraging innovation and preserving national security through greater international engagement. Carnahan serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and is Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, where he has called for a strict accounting of the rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carnahan has promoted the St. Louis region as a hub for innovation, particularly in developing new, clean sources of energy that will create new jobs, cut energy costs for families and business, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Russ Carnahan’s advocacy helped establish St. Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as the lead institution in a national project to develop biofuels technology. And Carnahan’s Energy Innovation Hub legislation will help develop transformational energy technologies by helping research institutions, private industry and federal agencies collaborate to move technological breakthroughs from the research and development phase to the market.

A lifelong Missourian, Russ Carnahan was born on July 10, 1958 and grew up in Rolla, Missouri. Carnahan learned the value of hard work and public service from his family and the rural community where he was raised. Congressman Carnahan now lives in St. Louis with his wife, Debra Carnahan. They have two sons, Austin and Andrew.