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Sen. Thomas Carper

Senator for Delaware

pronounced TOM-iss // KAHR-per

Carper is the senior senator from Delaware and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2001. Carper is next up for reelection in 2024.

He was previously the representative for Delaware’s at-large district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992.

Photo of Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Carper.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to May 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Thomas Carper sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Carper was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Carper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (38%) Health (17%) Taxation (12%) Education (10%) Environmental Protection (8%) Social Welfare (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Emergency Management (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Carper voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Carper voted Nay

Bill Passed 77/23 on Feb 5, 2019.

What was the first legislation that Senate Republicans introduced this year? #### Context The very first bill introduced by a majority party in Congress sends ...

Carper voted Nay

Carper voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Carper voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Carper voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Carper voted Nay

Bill Passed 64/35 on Mar 31, 2014.

Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of ...

Carper voted Nay

Carper voted Nay

Bill Passed 89/8 on Jan 1, 2013.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub.L. 112–240, H.R. 8, 126 Stat. 2313, enacted January 2, 2013) was passed by the United States Congress ...

Carper voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Carper voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to May 2019, Carper missed 54 of 5,666 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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