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Thomas R. CarperDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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DEResidence (state)

Thomas Richard Carper (born January 23, 1947) is an American politician and former military officer serving as the senior United States senator from Delaware, having held the seat since 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Carper served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 and was the 71st governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001. A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Carper graduated from Ohio State University. Serving as a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he flew the P-3 Orion as a tactical coordinator and mission commander and saw active duty in the Vietnam War. After leaving the active duty Navy, he remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve for another 18 years and eventually retired with the rank of Captain (O-6). Upon receiving his MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975, Carper went to work for the state of Delaware in its economic development office. He was elected state treasurer, serving from 1977 to 1983 and leading the development of Delaware's first cash management system. Encouraged by local politicians, Carper successfully ran for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. He served five terms in the House, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization. In 1992 he arranged a swap with term-limited Republican Governor Mike Castle, and the two were easily elected to each other's seats.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Delaware
Master of Business Administration
1975
Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts
1968
Whetstone High School
1964
primary school
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Deputy Minority Whip
United States Senate
2004
Senator
United States Senate
2001 - Current
Governor
State of Delaware
1992 - 2000
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1982 - 1992
Treasurer
State of Delaware
1976 - 1982
Director
National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices
2000 - 2001
Commander
United States Naval Reserves
1968 - 1992
Industrial Development Specialist
Delaware Division of Economic Development
1975 - 1976
Naval Flight Officer
United States Navy
1968 - 1973
Other Experience1 - 37 of 37
Member
Amtrak Board of Directors
1994 - 1998
Co-Chair
Senate Moderate Democrats Working Group
Former Chair
National Governors' Association
Founding Vice Chair
American Legacy Foundation
Honorary Board Member
Jobs for America's Graduates
Honorary Co-Chair
Third Way
Member
American Legion
Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Member
Vietnam Veterans of America
Member
Common Cause
Member
Advisory Board, Delmarva Council, Boy Scouts of America
Former Co-Chair
Senate New Democrat Coalition
Former Vice Chair
Jobs for America's Graduates
Former Vice Chair
National Governors' Association
Co-Chair
Senate Recycling Caucus
Co-Chair
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Co-Chair
Senate Nuclear Caucus
Member
Air Force Caucus
Member
Senate National Guard Caucus
Member
Senate Indian Caucus
Member
Senate Centrist Coalition
Member
Senate Cancer Coalition
Member
Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Member
Congressional Public Service Caucus
Member
Congressional Port Security Caucus
Member
Congressional Bicameral High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
Member
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
Member
Senate Veterans' Caucus
Member
Senate Oceans Caucus
Trustee
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Member
Democratic Policy Committee
Member
Senate New Democrat Coalition