Read our 2020 Report Card for Carper.
Carper is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Carper has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Thomas Carper sits on the following committees:
Carper was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3122: Further Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2021
- S. 1931: Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021
- S. 1953: Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021
- S. 375 (116th): Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019
- S. 435 (116th): CASES Act
- S. 1940 (115th): Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act
- S. 2133 (114th): Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
Does 36 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Carper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Environmental Protection (17%) Health (15%) Taxation (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Education (8%) Water Resources Development (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Carper recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 4194: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act of 2022
- S. 4136: Water Resources Development Act of 2022
- S. 4137: Water Resources Development Act of 2022
- S.Res. 586: A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of April 4 …
- S. 3792: Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act
- S. 3767: Delaware River Basin Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2022
- S. 3743: Recycling and Composting Accountability Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2001 to Aug 2022, Carper missed 59 of 7,122 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills