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  Carnahan, Jean
NameJean Carnahan
Rolla, Missouri , United States
Website [Link]
Born December 20, 1933 (87 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Jun 22, 2020 02:01am
Tags Widowed -
InfoJean Anne Carpenter Carnahan

Senator Carnahan holds a degree in business and public administration from George Washington University. She and Mel Carnahan, the late two-term governor of Missouri, were married for 46 years and raised four children. As Missouri?s First Lady, she visited numerous classrooms, led the fight to increase childhood immunizations and successfully pushed the legislature to pass the landmark education reforms that brought accountability and improved academic performance to Missouri?s public schools.

In 2000, Governor Carnahan was campaigning for the U.S. Senate when he, his son Randy and campaign adviser Chris Sifford were killed in an airplane crash just three weeks before the election. By law, Governor Carnahan?s name remained on the ballot and his successor, acting Governor Roger Wilson, announced his intention to appoint Jean Carnahan to the seat should her late husband win the election. On Election Day, Missouri voters elected Governor Carnahan posthumously by a 48,000-vote margin. Jean Carnahan took the oath of office on January 3, 2001.

Senator Carnahan has three surviving children and two grandsons. Her son Russ is an attorney and Missouri legislator; her daughter Robin and son Tom are also attorneys.


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Importance? 7.50000 Average

Husband Mel Carnahan Jun 12, 1954-Oct 16, 2000
Son Russ Carnahan 1958-
Daughter Robin Carnahan 1961-
Father In-Law Albert Sidney Johnson "A.S.J." Carnahan 1897-1968

  11/05/2002 MO US Senate - Special Election Lost 48.67% (-1.13%)
  08/06/2002 MO US Senate - D Primary Won 83.22% (+66.44%)
  01/03/2001 MO US Senate - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
MO US President - D Primary - Mar 10, 2020 D Joe Biden
MO US President - D Primary - Mar 15, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
MO US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Barack Obama
MO Governor - D Primary - Aug 03, 2004 D Bob Holden
MO US President - D Primary - Feb 03, 2004 D Richard "Dick" Gephardt
US President - D Primaries - Jun 09, 2004 D Richard "Dick" Gephardt
US Attorney General - Jan 20, 2001 NPA Reject