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Sen. Thomas Carper

Senator for Delaware

pronounced TOM-is // KAHR-per

Carper, a Democrat, is a senator from Delaware and has served since Jan 3, 2001. Carper is next up for reelection in 2018.

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

Photo of Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: A League of Conservation Voters: 82% American Civil Liberties Union: 76% United States Chamber of Commerce: 53% The Club for Growth: 12% Americans for Prosperity: 4% FreedomWorks: 0%

Committee Membership

Thomas Carper sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Carper was the primary sponsor of 30 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 about one third or more 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 (41%) Health (19%) Taxation (15%) Education (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Emergency Management (5%) Environmental Protection (5%)

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 On the Nomination PN814: Joseph Balash, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior
Dec 7, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 61/38.
Yea On the Nomination PN118: Scott Gottlieb, of Connecticut, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services
May 9, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 57/42.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
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 Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Mar 31, 2014. Bill Passed 64/35.
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 2013, which would prevent ICD-10 from being implemented at all without further Congressional approval, has been introduced in House and ...
Nay S. 1926 (113th): A bill to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of ...
Jan 30, 2014. Bill Passed 67/32.
Nay H.R. 8 (112th): American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
Jan 1, 2013. Bill Passed 89/8.
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 on January 1, 2013, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama the next day. The Act centers on ...
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
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 as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Jan 2018, Carper missed 53 of 5,287 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.3% 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: