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).


2015 Report Card

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Sponsorship Analysis

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)

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 (36%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Taxation (13%) Health (10%) Environmental Protection (4%) Transportation and Public Works (4%) Finance and Financial Sector (4%) Water Resources Development (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 2001 to May 2016, Carper missed 47 of 4,873 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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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