Tom (Tom) Carper (D)

US Senator Tom Carper

Tom (Tom) Carper (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2441
FAX: 202.228.2190
District: 302.573.6291
Room 513 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-0803
12 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947-1501
Residence:Wilmington, DE

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
Co-ChairModerate Democrats Working Group
Co-ChairSenate Nuclear Caucus
FC MemberSenate Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Payments Innovation Caucus
Co-ChairEnvironmental Justice Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Community Health Center Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberSenate New Democrat Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
MemberSenate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
MemberSenate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberJoint Whistleblower Protection Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Cancer Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cybersecurity Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Service Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-ChairCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Fire Services Caucus


Born in West Virginia and raised in Virginia, Senator Tom Carper attended The Ohio State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship, graduating in 1968 with a B.A. in economics. He went on to complete five years of service as a naval flight officer, serve three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander until retiring with the rank of captain in 1991 after 23 years of military service. With the war winding down in Southeast Asia, Tom Carper moved to Delaware in 1973 where he earned his M.B.A. at the University of Delaware. Today, he and his wife, Martha, live in Wilmington and are the proud parents of two sons. Senator Carper travels from Wilmington to Washington each day on an Amtrak train. His career in public service began in 1976 when he was elected to the first of three terms as Delaware's state treasurer at the age of 29 at a time when the state of Delaware had the worst credit rating of any state in America. Six years later, with that credit rating restored to a respectable "AA" he ran for - and was elected to - Delaware's at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Carper went on to serve five terms as a U.S. congressman where he earned a reputation as a results-oriented centrist serving on the House Financial Services Committee, as well as the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, which is now part of the House Committee on Natural Resources. In 1991, then-Congressman Carper led a bipartisan, six-member congressional delegation of Vietnam veterans back to Southeast Asia to search for U.S. soldiers whose remains were never recovered and listed as MIAs. During that trip, the group met with the new Vietnamese General Secretary Do Muoi and helped lay the groundwork for normalizing relations between the United States and Vietnam. Tom Carper was then elected the 78th governor of Delaware in 1992 and served two terms in that role. As governor, he pursued a common-sense agenda that led to eight balanced budgets, tax cuts in seven of those eight years, and major increases in employment. Governor Carper led the effort to strengthen the state's "rainy day" fund and boost Delaware's credit rating to "AAA" for the first time in state history, while helping to overhaul the state's education system and to implement welfare reform initiatives in Delaware and the nation. On Jan. 3, 2001, Governor Carper stepped down two weeks early to become Delaware's junior senator. He was reelected in 2006, and with his reelection in November 2018 he has been elected to state-wide public office in Delaware 14 times. When Senator Joe Biden stepped down to become vice president in January 2009, Tom Carper became Delaware's senior senator. As the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Carper leads the fight to protect our environment and clean up our air as the committee's chairman in the 117th Congress. During his time on the committee, Senator Carper successfully defended common sense clean air regulations from misguided attempts to repeal them, and he continues to push for meaningful protections that limit carbon pollution, regulate cross-state air pollution and help stem the tide of climate change. He led the effort to pass the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act with Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), which has cleaned up millions of old, dirty diesel engines to help save lives and improve public health. Senator Carper also helped broker the compromise that created our country's highest fuel efficiency standards in a generation, saving Americans billions of dollars at the pump. In 2021, Senator Carper led passage of the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill, which incorporated his Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 and his Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021. Senator Carper also serves as a senior member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, having served as the committee's chairman in the 113th Congress and ranking member in the 114th Congress. In his continued work on the committee, he focuses on protecting our country from threats to our national security, as well as ensuring federal government programs are efficient and using taxpayer dollars wisely. Senator Carper has introduced D.C. statehood legislation every Congress since 2013, calling out the historic injustice happening in our nation's capital, and rallying a record 44 cosponsors for his Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Senator Carper continues to champion postal reform with the goal of protecting the U.S. Postal Service from collapse and ensuring it remains a robust American institution for generations to come. He has also supported legislation to improve cybersecurity across the federal government and ensure we are doing all we can to respond to the growing threats our country faces in cyberspace. During more than 45 years of public service, Senator Carper has worked tirelessly to develop practical solutions to real problems. His ability to work across party lines has earned him a reputation for consensus-building that is unique in today's political climate. The Washington Post's late David Broder calls him "a notably effective and non-partisan leader, admired and trusted on both sides of the aisle."

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2000    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Martha Ann Stacy   DOB: 1/23/1947