Senator Tom Carper

State Delaware
Party Democrat
Terms 3rd
Committees Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Chairman, subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety; and Federal Financial Management Senate leadership, Deputy Whip
Quote “It is possible to pursue policies that protect our environment and public health, while additionally strengthening our economy”

Senator Tom Carper

Leadership: As Delaware’s Governor, Carper enacted the Inland Bays Watershed Enhancement Act to restore and protect critical habitat in Southeastern Delaware. He did this while balancing the state’s budget every year, lowering taxes in seven of his eight years and driving major job growth. As Senator, he ascended to Chair the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, where he has championed offshore wind energy development and positioned Delaware to be a leader in this technology, which has the capacity to create thousands of new jobs. As the Founder and Co-Chair of the Senate Recycling Caucus, he helped pass a bill to increase America’s recycling capacity while creating new green jobs. He has also introduced legislation to restore and protect the Delaware River Basin.

In addition to his leadership on clean energy, Senator Carper has also defended the Clean Air Act and the EPA’s ability to regulate harmful pollutants. He has seen these efforts repeatedly provide major public benefits in terms of reduced health care costs, lives saved and green jobs. He also knows that with increasingly common extreme weather causing droughts for Delaware farmers and driving violent storms toward its coasts, climate change is a real threat that must be addressed by innovating away from reliance on fossil fuels.

In an increasingly polarized political climate, Senator Carper is respected for his ability to work across party lines. The Washington Post has remarked that he is, “a notably effective and non-partisan leader, admired and trusted on both sides of the aisle.” This is the kind of leader best able to improve the lives of Delaware’s citizens and the health of our oceans.

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