Sen. Thomas Carper

Senator from Delaware, Democrat

Carper, a Democrat, has been a senator from Delaware since Jan 3, 2001 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Delaware's at-large district (1983-1992).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Carper has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Carper is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Carper for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Thomas Carper sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Carper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (35%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (26%) Health (12%) Taxation (11%) Education (5%) Emergency Management (5%) Environmental Protection (3%) Finance and Financial Sector (3%)

Recent Bills

Some of Carper’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Carper’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Dec 2016, Carper missed 48 of 4,943 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: