Tom Carper

American politician (born 1947)

Thomas Richard "Tom" Carper (born January 23, 1947) is the senior United States Senator from Delaware, serving since 2001.

Tom Carper
United States Senator
from Delaware
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Serving with Chris Coons
Preceded byBill Roth
Ranking Member of the Senate Environment Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJoe Lieberman
Succeeded byRon Johnson
71st Governor of Delaware
In office
January 19, 1993 – January 3, 2001
LieutenantRuth Ann Minner
Preceded byDale Wolf
Succeeded byRuth Ann Minner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byThomas Evans
Succeeded byMichael Castle
Treasurer of Delaware
In office
January 18, 1977 – January 3, 1983
GovernorPete du Pont
Preceded byMary Jornlin
Succeeded byJanet Rzewnicki
Personal details
Thomas Richard Carper

(1947-01-23) January 23, 1947 (age 77)
Beckley, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Diane Isaacs (1978–1983)
Martha Stacy (1985–present)
EducationOhio State University (BA)
University of Delaware, Newark (MBA)
WebsiteSenate website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1968–1991
Rank Captain
UnitNaval Flight Officer
Navy Reserve
Battles/warsVietnam War

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.

In May 2023, Carper announced that he would not run for re-election in the 2024 election.[1]


  1. Robertson, Nicky (2023-05-22). "Longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Carper says he will not seek reelection | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 2023-05-22.

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