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Senator Tom Carper

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Environment and Public Works; Finance; Homeland Security and Government Affairs

“It is possible to pursue policies that protect our environment and public health, while additionally strengthening our economy”


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 is Ranking Member on 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 a member 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.

Senator Carper sponsored:

  • S. 921 (Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015)
  • S. 347 (First State National Historical Park Act)
  • S. 401 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • S. 972 (Clean Construction Act of 2011)

Senator Carper cosponsored:

  • S. 519 (Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act)
  • S. 697 (Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act)
  • S. 1500 (Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015)
  • S. 2466 (A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public if a State agency and public water system are not taking action to address a public health risk associated with drinking water requirements)
  • S. 393 (White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Expansion Act of 2013)
  • S. 1528 (Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act)
  • S. 3605 (Restoring Effective Environmental Protection Act of 2012)
  • S. 940 (Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes)
  • S. 850 (Shark Conservation)
  • S. 787 (Clean Water Restoration Act
  • S. 3973 (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010)
  • S.2155 (A bill to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to promote biobased manufacturing, 2012)