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Russ Carnahan (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/10/1958 (Columbia, MO)
Race: White
Religion: United Methodist
Residence: St. Louis, MO
Education: BA in Public Administration from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; JD in Law from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Missouri District 3 

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Russ Carnahan grew up in a political family in Rolla, Mo. His grandfather, A.S.J. Carnahan, served seven terms in Congress and as ambassador to Sierra Leone.

His father, Mel Carnahan, twice won election as Missouri governor, then died campaigning for U.S. Senate against then-Sen. John Ashcroft, now President Bush's attorney general. The late governor won election posthumously, and his widow, Jean Carnahan, was appointed to serve in her husband's place.

That happened in 2000, the year Russ Carnahan first won election to the state House, and in 2002, he won re-election. The legislature was not Carnahan's first target for becoming a public servant. Carnahan ran for Congress in 1990 against longtime Republican Rep. Bill Emerson, but he was soundly beaten by a vote of 57 percent to 43 percent.

Campaigning has been a family affair for Russ Carnahan's generation. He and his brothers Tom and Randy and sister Robin stumped across Missouri with their dad, who ran for municipal judge and state House and Senate before winning terms as Missouri treasurer, lieutenant governor and governor.

The Oct. 16, 2000, plane crash also killed Randy Carnahan, who was piloting his father's plane, and a family friend and campaign aide, Chris Sifford.

All four Carnahan children earned law degrees. Robin Carnahan is also on the 2004 election ballot, running for secretary of state against Republican state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway.

Russ Carnahan worked for the Missouri House, then practiced law in St. Louis and Rolla and at a nonprofit health care company.

Carnahan _ sometimes "Rusty" to his family _ is married to Debra Carnahan, a judge in the St. Louis Municipal Court. They have two sons, Austin and Andrew.

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Russ Carnahan won his first state House term in 2000, defeating Republican J.R. McDaniel, 85 percent to 15 percent. He won re-election in 2002, rolling up 88 percent of the vote to Republican Kevin Babcock's 12 percent.

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