Read our 2017 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 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
Thomas Carper sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Senate Committee on Finance
Carper was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1940: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act
- S. 2133 (114th): Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
- S. 921 (114th): Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015
- S. 1172 (114th): Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015
- S. 2509 (114th): Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016
- S. 614 (114th): Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015
- S. 1362 (114th): A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs).
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).
Carper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Carper’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 453: A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of April 9 ...
- S. 2629: Postal Service Reform Act of 2018
- S. 2374: Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act
- S. 2109: Military and Veterans Education Protection Act
- S.Res. 325: A resolution expressing support for designation of the week of October 29 through ...
- S. 1940: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act
- S. 1672: Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act
|Carper’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
On the Nomination PN1371: Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
Jan 24, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 55/43.
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.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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 ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
From Jan 2001 to Apr 2018, Carper missed 53 of 5,358 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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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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills