Congratulations to our 2017 Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging Winner, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE).
Tom Carper is the senior Senator from Delaware.
He served five years 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.
In 1976, his career in public service began when he was elected to the first of three terms as Delaware’s state treasurer. In 1982, he was elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1992, after serving five terms as a U.S. Congressman, he became the 78th governor of Delaware. In January 2001, he stepped down two weeks early to become U.S. Senator for Delaware.
During almost 40 years of public service, Senator Carper has worked tirelessly to develop practical solutions to real problems. His ability to work across party lines has earned him a reputation for consensus-building that is unique in today's political climate.
Today Senator Carper is the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he continues his focus on creating a healthier environment for all Americans and making steady, long-term investments in our country’s outdated transportation systems. He also serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee.
Learn more about the legacy of Claude Pepper, for whom this award has been named: