Tom Carper

Tom Carper

U.S. SENATOR TOM CARPER

D-DELAWARE

SEEKING RE-ELECTION IN 2018 

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VOTING RECORD: Project Vote SmartGovTrack

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER
 
PARTY: Democrat
 
BORN: 1/23/1947
 
EDUCATION: University of Pittsburgh (B.A.); University of Maryland (J.D.)
 
OCCUPATION: Economist
 
FAMILY: Married, 2 Children
 
RELIGION: Presbyterian 

CAREER:

  • Treasurer of Delaware (1977-1983)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1993);
  • Governor of Delaware (1993-2001)
  • United States Senator (2001-present)

COMMITTEES:

  • Committee on Environment and Public Works 
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Elected: 2001

 

ISRAEL


  • Supports Israel’s right to self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism
  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System
  • Supports a strong U.S.- Israel partnership in regards to cooperation in the areas of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies

CHOICE


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs

 

In His Own Words


“To the citizens of Israel, our message is simple and clear: We will continue to stand in solidarity with you. We are proud of what you have become.” 1

“ Expanding access to contraceptives is one of the best ways we can reduce unwanted pregnancies. If we really want to reduce the number of abortions in this country, one of the most proven ways is by making contraceptive coverage more readily available. In fact, studies have shown that increasing access to contraception coverage reduces abortion rates by up to 78 percent." 2

SOURCES: 1 www.carper.senate.gov, 2 www.carper.senate.gov

Interesting Facts


Carper completed five years of service as a naval flight officer; served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander until retiring with the rank of captain in 1991 after 23 years of military service.