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Chris Carney
Pennsylvania 10
Party Democratic

January 4, 2007
Preceded by Don Sherwood
Succeeded by -
Birthdate March 2, 1959

Chris Carney is the Democratic Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th district. A college professor and military veteran, Carney defeated incumbent Republican Don Sherwood in 2006 (see Pennsylvania U.S. House election, 2006). Carney is one of the Fighting Dems.

A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Chris Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.

After the 9/11 attacks, Chris served at the Pentagon as an intelligence analyst and senior advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism issues. Chris coordinated counterterrorism activities in the Middle East and later worked on the integration of national-level intelligence products in the effort to destroy international terrorist networks.

Chris grew up in rural Iowa, near Cedar Rapids. He graduated in 1981 from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where he double majored in Environmental Science and U.S. Diplomatic History. One of his professors there was David Loebsack, who was also elected to Congress in 2006.

After college, Carney did graduate work at the University of Wyoming, where he met his future wife Jennifer and decided to pursue a career in higher education.

In 1992, Carney and Jennifer moved their young family to Northeastern Pennsylvania when Chris was offerred a position at Penn State Univeristy in Scranton. As an associate professor at Penn State, Chris teaches courses in U.S. Foreign Policy, American Government, and U.S. Security Policy.

Carney lives in Dimock, Pennsylvania with his wife Jennifer and their five children. Their oldest is a freshman in high school and their youngest just started kindergarten.


Bush-Dog Democrat

  • Carney was one of the few House Democrats to vote in favor of retroactive amnesty for Bush officials and telecom companies who illegally spied on U.S. citizens. (Source: Michael Mukasey's tearful lies, by Glenn Greenwald,, March 29, 2008.)

Making matters worse is the fact that his district is deep red.



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