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Tom Carper
Tom Carper, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
United States Senator
from Delaware
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Serving with Chris Coons
Preceded by William V. Roth, Jr.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Joe Lieberman
71st Governor of Delaware
In office
January 19, 1993 – January 3, 2001
Lieutenant Ruth Ann Minner
Preceded by Dale E. Wolf
Succeeded by Ruth Ann Minner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Thomas B. Evans, Jr.
Succeeded by Michael Castle
Treasurer of Delaware
In office
January 18, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Governor Pierre S. du Pont IV
Preceded by Mary D. Jornlin
Succeeded by Janet C. Rzewnicki
Personal details
Born Thomas Richard Carper
(1947-01-23) January 23, 1947 (age 67)
Beckley, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Diane Beverly Isaacs (div)
Martha Ann Stacy
Residence Wilmington, Delaware
Alma mater Ohio State University (B.A.)
University of Delaware (M.B.A.)
Profession Economist
Religion Presbyterian
Website www.carper.senate.gov
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1968-1991
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain
Unit Naval Flight Officer/Reserves
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Thomas Richard "Tom" Carper (born January 23, 1947) is the senior United States Senator from Delaware, serving since 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Carper served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 and was the 71st Governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001.

A native of Danville, Virginia, Carper graduated from Ohio State University. Serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he flew the P-3 Orion as a Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander[1] and saw active duty in the Vietnam War. After leaving the active duty Navy, he remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve for another 18 years and eventually retired with the rank of Captain (O-6). Upon receiving his MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delaware in its economic development office. He was elected State Treasurer, serving from 1977 to 1983 and leading the development of Delaware's first cash management system.

Encouraged by local politicians, Carper successfully ran for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. He served five terms in the House, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization. In 1992 he arranged a "swap" with term-limited Governor Michael Castle, and the two were easily elected to each other's seats. Carper governed for two terms as a moderate, business-oriented "New Democrat", following the lead of the two previous Republican governors. He successfully prevented the closing of a General Motors automobile plant and won a bid for the headquarters of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. He led a tax-reduction campaign and helped improve the state's credit rating from among the worst in the nation to an excellent "AAA". He pushed for standards-based education, among other reforms.

Carper was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, beating Republican incumbent William V. Roth, Jr.. He was re-elected by landslides in 2006 and 2012. As senator, he serves as one of four Deputy Democratic Whips, chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee and also serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Committee on Finance. Carper is currently the Dean of the Delaware congressional delegation.

Early years and personal life[edit]

Carper was born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Mary Jean (née Patton) and Wallace Richard Carper. He grew up in Danville, Virginia and graduated from Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio. He then graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968, where he was a midshipman in the Naval ROTC and earned a degree in economics. At Ohio State, Carper became a member of the Beta Phi Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander for another 18 years and retired with the rank of Captain (O-6).[2] Meanwhile, he moved to Delaware and earned a MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975. After which he went to work for the economic development office for the State of Delaware. Carper has been married twice, first in 1978, to Diane Beverly Isaacs, a former Miss Delaware, who had two children by a previous marriage. Following a 1983 divorce, he married Martha Ann Stacy in 1985, and with her he has two children, Christopher and Benjamin. They are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Professional and early political career[edit]

While in college at the Ohio State University, Carper worked on the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy, the Minnesota peace candidate. In Delaware he worked as the campaign treasurer for University of Delaware professor James R. Soles in his unsuccessful 1974 bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

After receiving his MBA degree in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delaware's economic development office. In 1976, after developing good relationships with members of the state party leadership, he took out a $5,000 personal loan to fund his campaign for the Treasurer of Delaware. After convincing the party leaders, and later the voters, that he was the right person to be Delaware State Treasurer, he defeated the favored Republican Party candidate, Theodore Jones. He 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.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Carper during his time in the House of Representatives

It took a considerable amount of persuasion on the part of U.S. Senator Joe Biden and others to convince Carper to leave his obscure, but safe, position as Treasurer and compete for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. Thomas B. Evans, Jr., the incumbent Republican was running again, and although he had been caught in a compromising "association" on a golfing trip with the young lobbyist Paula Parkinson, he was still a formidable and well-connected politician.

The campaign was going well for Carper until three weeks before Election Day, when the New York Post published an article claiming that the "dirtiest campaign in the country is being waged in tiny Delaware." Retelling the well-known story of Evans' golfing trip, it went on to accuse Carper of abusing his wife and stepchildren. But the story actually ended up working to Carper's political advantage when suspicions spread that the allegations had been planted by an Evans supporter and when public opinion seemed to conclude that the allegations were inappropriately exploiting a private issue.[3]

Carper went on to serve five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He won his second term in 1984, by defeating Elise R.W. du Pont, the wife of former Governor Pierre S. du Pont, IV. He then enjoyed easy victories over Republicans Thomas S. Neuberger in 1986, James P. Krapf in 1988 and Ralph O. Williams in 1990. A U.S. Representative, he was a member of the U.S. House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs and the U.S House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He chaired the House Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization. In these positions he worked to allow banks into the securities business and to discourage the dumping of sludge into the ocean.

During his years in the U.S. House of Representatives Carper sought to gain better control of the Democratic Party organization in Delaware in hopes of someday becoming Governor. Heavily Democratic and with over half of the population of the state, New Castle County was the key. Its Democratic organization was controlled by Eugene T. Reed, a former ironworker, and an old-time political party boss who was then among several politicians in both parties implicated in illegal money raising practices. To address this corruption and rescue the reputation of the Democratic Party, Carper recruited Joseph E. Reardon, a DuPont Company chemist, as a candidate for New Castle County Democratic Party chairman. By early 1989, he had succeeded in getting Reardon elected, and Reardon replaced Reed at the head of a newly reformed party organization. In 1990 Carper faced a primary challenge from a Reed ally, Daniel D. Rappa, but crushed him convincingly and went on to win election to his fifth term as U.S. Representative.

Governor of Delaware[edit]

In the small and intimate political community of Delaware important decisions are often made by a consensus of leaders from both parties. So it was in 1992, when popular incumbent Governor Michael Castle was forced to retire owing to term limits. The result was what became known as "the Swap." Castle ran for Carper's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and Carper ran for Governor. Neither faced any significant opposition and Delaware retained the services of two very popular office holders.

Thus, in 1992, Carper was elected Governor of Delaware, defeating the Republican candidate, B. Gary Scott. He ended up serving two terms. As a moderate, business oriented Democrat who followed two very competent and popular Republican administrations, those of Pierre S. du Pont, IV and Michael Castle, Carper chose to govern in much the same way they had over their combined 16 years in office, adding to the mix his special interest in and talent for economic development and business recruitment. Two particular successes were his prevention of the closure of the General Motors automobile operation near Newport, Delaware and the state's victory in the competition with Pennsylvania for the location of the headquarters of the pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca.

Continuing du Pont's tax cutting policies, Carper led an ongoing effort to reduce income tax rates, eliminate the marriage penalty and estate tax, cut the public utility tax, and eliminate the gross receipts tax for many small businesses. By doing so, his administration improved the state's credit rating from among the worst in the nation to an excellent "AAA". He also retained Castle's standards-based education programs, raising standards, testing students, and pushing through a teacher accountability bill. Other programs included a fully funded Head Start program and the creation of a prescription-drug benefit for seniors.

Carper's independent, New Democrat approach made him popular among voters, but caused grumbling among old line Democrats, particularly union leaders, who complained that not enough of them were being awarded patronage jobs after the many years of Republican control.[4] In an era of increasingly bitter, partisan politics, Carper's actions and policies placed him at the political center, in keeping with Delaware's consensus style of governing.

The most poignant event during this period was the murder of Carper's personal scheduler, Anne Marie Fahey and the eventual conviction of Thomas J. Capano for the crime. Capano was a wealthy, well-connected lawyer, known to nearly everyone in Delaware's political community. Fahey, an attractive 30 year old member of another well-known family, was attempting to end a romantic relationship with the married Capano, when he murdered her and dumped her body in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Attorney Colm F. Connolly built the case against Capano, who was tried and convicted, then sentenced by Delaware Superior Court Judge William Swain Lee.

As a tribute to Fahey, who had been a youth mentor, then-Governor Carper also became a mentor, and began actively promoting mentoring programs throughout Delaware's business community. As a result, by the end of his last term, Delaware held the highest per-capita ratio of youth mentors in the country. Carper also established the Delaware Mentoring Council to help sustain this important legacy.


Delaware General Assembly
(sessions while Governor)
Year Assembly Senate Majority President
pro tempore
House Majority Speaker
1993–1994 137th Democratic Richard S. Cordrey Republican Terry R. Spence
1995–1996 138th Democratic Richard S. Cordrey Republican Terry R. Spence
1997–1998 139th Democratic Thomas B. Sharp Republican Terry R. Spence
1999–2000 140th Democratic Thomas B. Sharp Republican Terry R. Spence

United States Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

2000[edit]

Carper in his early Senate career

The elections of 2000 promised to bring a change in Delaware's political lineup. For 16 years, the same four people had held the four major statewide positions - Carper and his fellow Democrat Senator Joe Biden and Republicans U.S. Representative Michael Castle and Senator William V. Roth, Jr.. Because of gubernatorial term limits, Carper had to retire from the post. He wanted to run for the Senate against the incumbent Roth. Roth would not retire voluntarily and fellow Republican Castle would not force him into a primary. Carper declared his candidacy in September 1999[5] and in a contest between two popular and respected politicians, the issue seemed to be Roth's age, who was seventy-nine, versus Carper's relative youth. Although Roth started the campaign with a 2-to-1 spending advantage, Carper went into the final month with more than $1 million on hand.[6] Carper defeated Roth by almost twelve points, 55.5% to 43.7%. Roth received more votes than Presidential candidate George W. Bush, however, suggesting that the strength of the Democratic turnout was a boon to Carper's candidacy and a key factor in his victory. Analysts considered Roth's defeat was due to age, especially as he collapsed at a campaign event.[7]

2006[edit]

Carper sought re-election to a second term in 2006. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced off against Republican candidate Jan C. Ting. Ting was a professor of law who had narrowly beaten airline pilot Michael D. Protack in the Republican primary. Carper was easily re-elected in a landslide win, beating Ting 67% to 27%.

2012[edit]

As the 2012 election cycle began, a Super PAC was created to oppose Carper's re-election campaign. The Hill quoted Patrick Davis, the custodian of records and agent for Renew Delaware as saying "Tom Carper has served in the United States Senate for a long time and has been part of the downturn in our economy." Delaware Politics noted that the election would be costly for the Republican candidate and that the popular Carper was heavily favoured to win a third term in office.[8] Spokesperson Emily Spain was quoted in The Hill saying Carper has been successful in his previous campaigns "because he works hard, takes nothing for granted, and puts the needs and interests of Delaware first."[9] Carper won the Democratic primary with 88% of the vote and faced off against the only Republican candidate who filed for the race, businessman Kevin Wade. Carper was re-elected in another landslide, beating Wade 66.4% to 29%.

Tenure and political positions[edit]

He served with the Democratic minority in the 108th and 109th Congresses, and was part of the Democratic majority in the 110th Congress. At the beginning of the 107th Congress, the Democratic Party was in the minority, but later held the majority. Carper is a member of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), of which he currently serves as Vice-Chairman. In December 2004, Carper became a part of the Senate Democratic Leadership. As a member of a four-person "Executive Committee", he is one of four deputy whips. David Broder of the Washington Post has called Carper "a notably effective and non-partisan leader, admired and trusted on both sides of the aisle."[citation needed]

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 Obamacare, for SCHIP, for DREAM, and for Immigration Reform Act of 2006.[10] He 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. He has also sought additional funding for railroad projects and for rail security. He strongly supported legislation to limit class action lawsuits and to restrict personal bankruptcy. In addition, he is a strong proponent of free trade. Carper proposed the creation of a National Park in Delaware, the Coastal Heritage Park, in four locations along the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. In January 2009 Carper briefly chaired a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.

Unlike most senators, who maintain residences in both Washington, D.C., and in their home state, Carper commutes more than 100 miles by train from his home in Wilmington to the United States Capitol. Carper says this arrangement has helped his family live a normal life despite his demanding, high-profile job.[11]

Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act

Carper co-wrote the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010"[12] introduced on June 19, 2010, by Senator Joe Lieberman (Senator Susan Collins is the third co-author of this bill). If signed into law, this controversial bill, which the American media dubbed the "Kill switch bill", would grant the President emergency powers over the Internet. All three co-authors of the bill, however, issued a statement claiming that instead, the bill "[narrowed] existing broad Presidential authority to take over telecommunications networks".[13] Carper was quoted as saying that the bill “would create a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications in the Department of Homeland Security, with a Senate-confirmed director to oversee security of the federal government’s computer networks. The center would also identify vulnerabilities and help secure key private networks – like utilities and communications systems – that, if attacked or commandeered by a foreign power or cyberterrorists, could result in the crippling of our economy.”[14]

Credit-card amendment

In May 2010, Carper introduced an amendment to limit state regulators from enforcing consumer regulations on national banks and their subsidiaries. It would also remove a Senate legislative measure requiring the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to find a 'substantive standard' on regulation, before the office could move to preempt. The White House opposed Carper's amendment. The amendment passed by a vote of 80–18; some critics[who?] described the vote as a victory for the credit card industry and other financial institutions. Financial institutions stated the law allow will save the consumer from the costs of more regulations.[15]

Gas tax

Carper and George Voinovich of Ohio proposed a 25-cent raise in the federal gasoline tax; 10 cents would go to pay down the debt and the rest toward improving the nation's infrastructure. The measure was proposed in November 2010.[16] The measure did not pass.

Postal bailout bill

On May 14, 2011, the Wall Street Journal criticized a postal-bailout bill co-sponsored by Carper and Susan Collins of Maine. The bill would give $50–$75 billion to USPS, and would underwrite pension obligations for retired postal workers. The bailout would cost three times the savings of the 2011 federal budget.[17]

Jobs bill

On September 21, 2011, The Wall Street Journal noted that President Obama's job-creation plans were drawing resistance from Senate Democrats. The article quoted Carper as saying, “I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit-reduction plan. That's better than everything else the president is talking about combined.”[18]

Minimum wage

In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two year period.[19] The bill was strongly supported by President Barack Obama and many of the Democratic Senators, but strongly opposed by Republicans in the Senate and House.[20][21][22] Carper said that he preferred legislation that would have a greater chance of becoming law, such as an increase to only $9 an hour.[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus membership[edit]

Senate Oceans Caucus

Almanac[edit]

Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. The Governor and State Treasurer take office the third Tuesday of January. The Governor has a four-year term and the State Treasurer had a two-year term at this time. U.S. Representatives take office January 3 and have a two-year term. U.S. Senators also take office January 3, but have a six-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
State Treasurer Executive Dover January 18, 1977 January 16, 1979
State Treasurer Executive Dover January 16, 1979 January 20, 1981
State Treasurer Executive Dover January 20, 1981 January 3, 1983 resigned
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1983 January 3, 1985
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1985 January 3, 1987
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1987 January 3, 1989
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1989 January 3, 1991
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1991 January 3, 1993
Governor Executive Dover January 19, 1993 January 21, 1997
Governor Executive Dover January 21, 1997 January 3, 2001 resigned
U.S. Senator Legislative Washington January 3, 2001 January 3, 2007
U.S. Senator Legislative Washington January 3, 2007 January 3, 2013
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1983–1984 98th U.S. House Democratic Ronald W. Reagan Financial Services, Fisheries at-large
1985–1986 99th U.S. House Democratic Ronald W. Reagan Financial Services, Fisheries at-large
1987–1988 100th U.S. House Democratic Ronald W. Reagan Financial Services, Fisheries at-large
1989–1990 101st U.S. House Democratic George H. W. Bush Financial Services, Fisheries at-large
1991–1992 102nd U.S. House Democratic George H. W. Bush Financial Services, Fisheries at-large
2001–2002 107th U.S. Senate Democratic George W. Bush Banking, Environment, Homeland Security, Aging class 1
2003–2004 108th U.S. Senate Republican George W. Bush Banking, Environment, Homeland Security, Aging class 1
2005–2006 109th U.S. Senate Republican George W. Bush Banking, Environment, Homeland Security, Aging class 1
2007–2009 110th U.S. Senate Democratic George W. Bush Banking, Commerce, Environment, Homeland Security, Aging class 1
2009–2011 111th U.S. Senate Democratic Barack Obama Environment, Finance, Homeland Security class 1
Election results
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1976 State Treasurer General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 118,159 56% T. Theodore Jones Republican 92,472 43%
1978 State Treasurer General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 91,809 59% Rita Justice Republican 63,011 40%
1980 State Treasurer General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 125,204 59% Lynn Jankus Republican 83,446 40%
1982 U.S. Representative General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 98,533 52% Thomas B. Evans, Jr. Republican 87,153 46%
1984 U.S. Representative General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 142,070 58% Elise R.W. du Pont Republican 100,650 41%
1986 U.S. Representative General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 106,351 66% Thomas S. Neuberger Republican 53,767 33%
1988 U.S. Representative General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 158,338 68% James P. Krapf Republican 76,179 32%
1990 U.S. Representative Primary Thomas R. Carper Democratic 24,557 90% Daniel D. Rappa Democratic 2,676 10%
1990 U.S. Representative General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 116,274 66% Ralph O. Williams Republican 58,037 33%
1992 Governor Primary Thomas R. Carper Democratic 36,600 89% Daniel D. Rappa Democratic 4,434 11%
1992 Governor General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 179,268 66% B. Gary Scott Republican 90,747 34%
1996 Governor General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 188,300 70% Janet C. Rzewnicki Republican 82,654 30%
2000 U.S. Senator General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 181,566 56% William V. Roth, Jr. Republican 142,891 44%
2006 U.S. Senator General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 170,567 70% Jan C. Ting Republican 69,734 29%
2012 U.S. Senator General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 265,374 66% Kevin Wade Republican 115,694 29%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy Submarine to Bear Delaware's Name," Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal, 19 Nov 2012
  2. ^ http://carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography-and-pictures
  3. ^ Cohen, Celia. Only in Delaware, Politics and Politicians in the First State. pp. 293–295. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Celia. Only in Delaware, Politics and Politicians in the First State. 
  5. ^ http://articles.cnn.com/1999-09-21/politics/senate.2000_delaware.senate_1_delaware-governor-sixth-senate-term-delaware-residents?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS
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United States Senate
Preceded by
William V. Roth, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Delaware
January 3, 2001 – present
Served alongside: Joe Biden, Ted Kaufman, Chris Coons
Incumbent
Political offices
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Joe Lieberman
Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
2013-present
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incumbent
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Dale E. Wolf
Governor of Delaware
January 19, 1993 – January 3, 2001
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Ruth Ann Minner
United States House of Representatives
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Thomas B. Evans, Jr.
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from Delaware's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
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Michael Castle
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Jacob Kreshtool
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