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Tom Carper

Born: Jan 23, 1947

Birthplace: Beckley

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Tom Carper

Date of Birth : Jan 23, 1947
Birth Place : Beckley

Thomas Richard "Tom" Carper is the senior United States Senator from Delaware, serving 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 Danville, 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/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. 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.


  • Politician
  • Economist

Also known as

  • Thomas Richard Carper
  • Thomas Carper


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  • Martha Ann Stacy


  • Benjamin Carper
  • Christopher Carper
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