The Honorable M. Robert Carr continues a long and distinguished career in law and public policy, including 18 years as a Member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan. Mr. Carr is currently an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where he teaches Ethics in Congress. He is also adjunct faculty at Brookings Institution Executive Education, training Brookings Legislative Fellows and giving presentations regarding federal budgeting, authorization and appropriations processes. Prior to that for seven years he was Of Counsel to a Washington law firm where he specialized in law and technology issues as well as higher education.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Carr stood out as a principled, thoughtful advocate in Congress where he focused his energies on the intersection of technology and public policy, including fighting for arms control in foreign policy.
On the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Carr led the final, closing effort to end funding for the war in Viet Nam by authoring and spearheading the resolution that would ultimately cut off further military assistance to South Vietnam. His thoughtful work to emphasize funding for operations & maintenance won the praise of his colleagues and his work on strategic balance earned him a Presidential appointment as an advisor to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II)*. He was Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and State Departments and related agencies. His service on the House Judiciary Committee focused on intellectual property matters. He also served on the House Natural Resources Committee.
As Chairman of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, he led Congress to pass two, 37 billion dollar transportation infrastructure funding bills. Today, the Midwest native remains a subject matter expert on aviation, automotive and transportation technology and funding.
During his four-year tenure as Chairman of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Mr. Carr’s tireless efforts to defend the Endowments for the Arts and Humanities from attack also made him a recognized leader by the arts and entertainment communities.
Mr. Carr was the Democratic nominee for US Senate in 1994 from Michigan. He returned to private practice to stress policy advocacy with a focus on improving government’s response rate to the rapidly changing technology environment. He has served clients in three areas: international business in commercial relations, public relations, and private equity consulting. His clients have included General Motors, Bridge-stone/Firestone, United Airlines, Aljomaih Group (Saudi Arabia), The Intelligent Transportation Society of America, WMJT-DTV (Puerto Rico), St. Louis University, STMicroelectronics, and Overstock.com.
Mr. Carr serves on the boards of directors of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and the Supporters of a Civil Society in Russia, Inc. He is also a member on the Advisory Board of WHYHunger.org and the Economic Innovation Institute. He is a frequent, guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities in the US, Canada and the UK. He was a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. His international activities have included election monitoring and advising parliamentary bodies and members in the developing nations.
Mr. Carr keeps an active schedule of writing, lecturing and appearances. In addition he frequently prepares witnesses to present testimony before congressional committees.
* He was also one of a handful to personally verify, through on-site inspection, that Soviet, Cold War era facilities in Kras-noyarsk, Chelyabinsk and Sary Shagan had been dismantled.
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