Missouri, the name Carnahan long has been associated with public
service. As Missouri's Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan is continuing
that family tradition.
Robin Carnahan grew up in Rolla, Missouri. After graduating from
Rolla High School, she attended William Jewell College in Liberty,
Missouri, earning a degree, with honors, in Economics. Her education
continued at the University of Virginia School of Law where she
served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International
Law before receiving her law degree in 1986. She returned to Missouri
and began practicing law with the St. Louis law firm of Thompson
& Mitchell, focusing on business and corporate law.
In 1990, as the people of central and eastern Europe began throwing
out their oppressive Soviet-backed governments, Carnahan went
to work to help rebuild their democracies and their economies.
As part of a team from the National Democratic Institute, she
helped draft voting laws, train new political leaders and monitor
elections in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Since then, she has worked
in six countries to promote democracy and free elections. This
unique experience has strengthened Carnahan's commitment to ensuring
that Missouri elections are a model of integrity and fairness
and a model of citizen participation.
Secretary Carnahan also served as an executive at the Export-Import
Bank of the United States. At the bank, Carnahan worked on innovative
ways to help American companies increase the sale of their goods
and services to buyers around the world.
Today, Carnahan continues to manage her family's 800 acre farm
and Angus cattle operation outside of Rolla. As a small business
person herself, she understands first hand the challenges faced
by small business owners everyday. Carnahan is committed to streamlining
the operations of the Secretary of State's office to make it easier
for Missouri business to get started and continue to grow.
On November 2, 2004, Carnahan was elected as Missouri's 38th
Secretary of State.
As Secretary of State, Carnahan is committed to using innovative,
common sense methods to better serve Missourian's who use the
office. Specifically, she is working to cut red-tape by creating
an online, one-stop-shop for the Missouri businesses; crack down
on firms that attempt to defraud Missouri investors; protect Missouri's
precious State Libraries and Archives; and restore confidence
in the state's elections system. To Carnahan, public service is
about providing good customer service and getting the job done
Robin is a fifth generation Missourian and comes from a family
long devoted to public service. Her father, Mel Carnahan served
as Missouri's State Treasurer, Lt. Governor and Governor. Her
mother, Jean Carnahan served Missouri as a United States Senator.
Her grandfather, ASJ Carnahan served as Congressman from south-central
Missouri and U.S. Ambassador, appointed by President John F. Kennedy.