44 Facts About Thomas Carper


Thomas Richard Carper was born on January 23,1947 and is an American politician and former military officer serving as the senior United States senator from Delaware, having held the seat since 2001.

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Thomas Carper was elected state treasurer, serving from 1977 to 1983 and leading the development of Delaware's first cash management system.

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Thomas Carper served five terms in the House, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization.

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Thomas Carper governed for two terms as a moderate, business-oriented New Democrat, following the lead of the two previous Republican governors.

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Thomas Carper was elected to the US Senate in 2000, defeating Republican incumbent William Roth.

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Thomas Carper serves as one of four deputy Democratic whips, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee.

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Thomas Carper is the senior senator in Delaware's congressional delegation and the dean of the delegation.

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Thomas Carper is the last Vietnam War veteran to serve in the Senate.

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Thomas Carper was born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Mary Jean and Wallace Richard Thomas Carper.

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Thomas Carper grew up in Danville, Virginia, and graduated from Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio.

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Thomas Carper then graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968, where he was a midshipman in the Naval ROTC and earned a degree in economics.

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At Ohio State, Thomas Carper became a member of the Beta Phi Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

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Thomas Carper earned an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975.

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Thomas Carper remained in the US Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander for another 18 years and retired with the rank of Captain.

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Thomas Carper served three terms, from January 18,1977, through January 3,1983, during which time he oversaw the development of Delaware's first cash management system.

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On Election Day, Thomas Carper defeated Evans and was elected to the US House of Representatives.

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Thomas Carper went on to serve five terms in the US House of Representatives.

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Thomas Carper then enjoyed easy victories over Republicans Thomas S Neuberger in 1986, James P Krapf in 1988 and Ralph O Williams in 1990.

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In 1990 Carper faced a primary challenge from a Reed ally, Daniel D Rappa, after winning, he went on to win election to his fifth term as US Representative.

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Thomas Carper retained Castle's standards-based education programs, raising standards, testing students, and pushing through a teacher accountability bill.

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At a stop in Wilmington, Delaware, for a train on which Dornan was traveling, Thomas Carper was waiting on the platform, dressed as a pregnant woman, carrying a sign that said "Dornan Is the One".

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Dornan recognized Thomas Carper, and went along with the joke, which Thomas Carper had coordinated with the Republican State Committee of Delaware.

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Thomas Carper established the Delaware Mentoring Council to help sustain this important legacy.

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Thomas Carper wanted to run for the Senate against the incumbent Roth.

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Thomas Carper was challenged from the left by Kerri Evelyn Harris, a US Air Force Veteran.

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Thomas Carper served with the Democratic minority in the 108th and 109th Congresses, and was part of the Democratic majority in the 110th Congress.

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Thomas Carper is a member of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council, of which he currently serves as Vice-Chairman.

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Thomas Carper voted for the Budget Control Act, against cut, cap and balance, for debt increase, for debt ceiling increase, for debt limit increase, for the stimulus, for TARP, for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for SCHIP, for DREAM, and for the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

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Thomas Carper voted against banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but voted to ban the use of federal funds for abortion.

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Thomas Carper joined 23 other Senate Democrats in signing a letter supporting Obama taking executive action to reduce gun violence.

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In 2016, Thomas Carper participated in the Chris Murphy gun control filibuster.

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In January 2019, Thomas Carper was one of forty senators to introduce the Background Check Expansion Act, a bill that would require background checks for either the sale or transfer of all firearms including all unlicensed sellers.

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Thomas Carper joined in the unsuccessful attempt to tie the Bush administration tax cuts to deficit reduction and has supported additional funding for school choice programs and charter schools.

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Thomas Carper has sought additional funding for railroad projects and for rail security.

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Thomas Carper strongly supported legislation to limit class action lawsuits and to restrict personal bankruptcy.

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In 2012, Thomas Carper sponsored a bill, eventually passed and signed into law, that required government agencies to identify $125 billion in expected waste and fraud.

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Thomas Carper proposed the creation of a National Park in Delaware, the Coastal Heritage Park, in four locations along the Delaware River and Delaware Bay.

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In January 2009, Thomas Carper briefly chaired a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.

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Thomas Carper co-wrote the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010" introduced on June 19,2010, by Senator Joe Lieberman.

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In May 2010, Thomas Carper introduced an amendment to limit state regulators from enforcing consumer regulations on national banks and their subsidiaries.

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Thomas Carper said that he preferred legislation that would have a greater chance of becoming law, such as an increase to only $9 an hour.

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Thomas Carper signed a law as Governor defining "marriage as between a man and a woman, " but he voted as a Senator against the Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

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Thomas Carper says this arrangement has helped his family live a normal life despite his demanding, high-profile job.

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Thomas Carper has been married twice, first in 1978, to Diane Beverly Isaacs, a former Miss Delaware, who had two children by a previous marriage.

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