Sen. Thomas Carper
Democrat • Delaware • 8th Term • Sworn In 1983
- 16 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 71 of 100) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 4 of 100)
- 82 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 94 of 100) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 56 of 100)
Carper was born January 23, 1947 in Beckley, West Virginia, grew up in Danville, Virginia, and graduated from Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1968, where he was in the U.S. Navy ROTC and earned a degree in economics. Serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he saw active duty in Vietnam, piloting submarine hunting planes. He remained in the U.S. U.S. Naval Reserve for another 18 years and retired with the rank of Captain. Meanwhile he moved to Delaware and earned an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975.
While in college at Ohio State University, Carper had worked on the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy, the Minnesota peace candidate. Once in Delaware, he was campaign treasurer for University of Delaware professor, James R. Soles, in his unsuccessful 1974 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Upon receiving his MBA degree in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delaware in its economic development office. In 1976, with his good contacts in the Democratic Party leadership and a $5,000 personal loan, Carper convinced the party leaders, and later the voters, that he was the right person to be Delaware State Treasurer. He served three terms, from January 18, 1977 through January 3, 1983, during which time he developed Delaware's first cash management system. Read More...
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Most Recent Sponsored Bills
S.1927 - Data Security Act of 2014Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee Feb 03, 2014 7 Views
A bill to protect information relating to consumers, to require notice of security breaches, and for other purposes.
S.Res.309Referred to the Committee Nov 21, 2013 6 Views
A resolution expressing support for improvement in the collection, processing, and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United S...
S.Res.265Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Oct 04, 2013 2 Views
A resolution expressing support for the individuals impacted by the senseless attack at the Washington Navy Yard, and commending and thanking ...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
S.Res.423Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Apr 11, 2014 64 Views
A resolution designating April 2014 as "Financial Literacy Month".
S.2245 - District of Columbia Paperwork Reduction ActRead twice and referred Apr 10, 2014 8 Views
A bill to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to streamline the District's legislative process and conserve taxpayer dollars.
S.2246 - District of Columbia Budget Accountability Act of 2014Read twice and referred Apr 10, 2014 5 Views
A bill to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to permit the Government of the District of Columbia to determine the fiscal year perio...
Recent Voting History
On the Motion for Attendance PN1182: Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth CircuitAye (with party)April 10, 2014
On the Cloture Motion PN1182: Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth CircuitAye (with party)April 10, 2014
On the Nomination PN1063: Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2010Aye (with party)April 09, 2014