Thomas Carper

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Thomas Carper
U.S. Junior Senator, Delaware
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 1)

January 3, 2001
Serving with Joe Biden

Preceded by William V. Roth, Jr.
Born January 23, 1947
Spouse Martha Ann Stacy
Religion Presbyterian

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Thomas "Tom" Carper (born January 23, 1947, Beckley, W.Va) was elected to the Senate in 2000, defeating then-Senate Finance Chairman Bill Roth. A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and economist, Carper has also served two terms as Delaware's governor and five terms as its at-large representative in Congress. In 2002 Carper was named Chair for Best Practices of the Democratic Leadership Council.



  • attended public schools
  • graduated, Whetstone High School, Columbus, Ohio 1964
  • B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus 1968
  • University of Delaware, Newark, M.B.A. 1975


  • served in the United States Navy 1968-1973
  • Naval Reserve, commander, 1973 to present

Political history

  • Delaware State treasurer 1976-1983
  • served U.S. House, 1983-1993
  • governor of Delaware 1993-2001 (two terms)
  • served U.S. Senate, 2000- term ends 2007


  • Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senate Special Committee on Aging

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