Representing the 3rd District of Missouri
Congressman Carnahan sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he has emphasized the importance of building strong relationships around the globe in order to protect our economic and national security. He is the founding co-chair of the American Engagement Caucus, a bipartisan panel dedicated to promoting international cooperation as a way to further our national interests; he is a leading advocate for women’s rights, working to advance women’s political, economic and social influence around the world; and as Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Carnahan has called for a strict accounting of the rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to protect taxpayer funds and make sure our troops have the resources they need.
As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Carnahan is a champion for cost-effective ways to improve transportation. He has authored bipartisan legislation that will bolster economic growth by helping communities keep bus and train lines running at no additional cost to taxpayers; and he has spearheaded efforts to fund improvement projects that are fixing dangerous roadways – including some rated among the deadliest in the country.
In 2011, Carnahan joined the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in order to continue to fight for better health care for veterans. Carnahan has led the effort to improve services at St. Louis’ John Cochran VA Medical Facility, where patients and staff have raised concerns about poor patient satisfaction ratings and sterilization problems. As one of only 20 Members of Congress to receive a perfect A+ rating from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Action Fund, Carnahan has fought to make sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to succeed – not only while serving in the field, but also when they return home.
Carnahan is a leading advocate for reducing energy consumption and growing the new clean energy economy by investing in technology that will reduce our reliance on foreign oil and save money for families, businesses and taxpayers. He is the founder and co-chair of the bi-partisan Congressional High-Performance Building Caucus, which promotes policies that increase energy efficiency in buildings; and his bipartisan Federal Buildings and Personnel Training Act – signed into law in 2010 – will save taxpayer money and reduce the amount of energy used by the federal government. Carnahan has worked to position the St. Louis region as a global leader in clean energy research, innovation and production, particularly in the area of biofuels. And his Energy Innovation Hub legislation would jumpstart the development of transformational energy technologies by helping move technological breakthroughs from the research and development phase to the market.
Prior to his election to Congress in 2004, Carnahan served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives where he was recognized as an outstanding state lawmaker by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA), the Missouri Bar Association and the St. Louis Business Journal.