Sen. Thomas Carper
Democrat • Delaware • 3rd Term • Sworn In 2001
- 24 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 69 of 98) 3 Made Into Law (Ranks 3 of 98)
- 111 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 97 of 100) 8 Made Into Law (Ranks 20 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.2837 - Military and Veterans Education Protection ActRead twice and referred Sep 17, 2014 0 Views
A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutio...
S.2715 - COMPETE Act of 2014Read twice and referred Jul 31, 2014 4 Views
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make permanent the alternative simplified research credit, and for other pur...
S.2640 - Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2014Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar Aug 26, 2014 1 Views
A bill to amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations, and fo...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
S.2972 - Christen O'Donnell Equestrian Helmet Safety Act of 2014Read twice and referred Dec 03, 2014 1 Views
A bill to require all equestrian helmets manufactured or sold in the United States to meet a minimum safety standard, and for other purposes.
S.Res.548Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Sep 16, 2014 2 Views
A resolution designating November 29, 2014, as "Small Business Saturday" and supporting efforts to increase awareness of the value of locally ...
S.Res.541Resolution agreed to in Senate Sep 18, 2014 3 Views
A resolution recognizing the severe threat that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa poses to populations, governments, and economies across Afri...
Recent Voting History
On the Nomination PN1345: Stephen R. Bough, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of MissouriAye (with party)December 16, 2014
On the Cloture Motion PN1345: Stephen R. Bough, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of MissouriAye (with party)December 16, 2014
H.R. 5771: Tax Technical Corrections Act of 2014
On Passage of the Bill H.R. 5771Aye (with party)December 16, 2014