U.S. Senator Tom Carper Announces He Will Not Run for Re-Election in 2024

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, along the banks of the Wilmington Riverfront, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced his intention not to run for re-election following the end of his term in 2024.

“Some 59 years have passed since I first raised my right hand as a 17-year-old Navy ROTC midshipman and took an oath to defend our country and its Constitution. I never imagined then that I would take the oath again and again as a naval flight officer and P-3 aircraft mission commander in an active duty and reserve career that would span some 23 years before I retired with the rank of captain. Today, I am the last Vietnam veteran serving in the United States Senate.


“With the unwavering support and encouragement of our President over the years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as Delaware’s state treasurer after being elected at the age of 29. I went on to defeat a three-term incumbent congressman, setting the stage to win two terms as Delaware’s governor. Working with Democrats and Republicans in the State Legislature, we focused every day on strengthening the basic building blocks of our society: families. We reformed welfare and our school system, preserved open space, recruited 10,000 mentors, and created more jobs over an eight-year period than any eight-year period in the history of our state. I also served as chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors’ Association, one of only two Delaware governors to ever do so.


“It was Joe Biden who encouraged me to run for the Senate in my last year as governor. Once in the Senate, I sought and won a seat on several committees, including the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. I still remain a senior member of that committee today, and I have the privilege of leading the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with my fellow native West Virginian Shelley Capito. I’m also privileged to chair the Trade Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee with ranking member John Cornyn of Texas.

“As last year came to a close and the new one began, Martha and I began to focus on what I should do next. If I ran for a fifth term in the Senate and won, it would be a record 15 statewide elections. After a good deal of prayer and introspection, and more than a few heart-to-heart conversations, we’ve decided we should run through the tape over the next 20 months and finish the important work that my staff and I have begun on a wide range of fronts, many of them begun in partnership with Democrat and Republican colleagues in the Senate and in the House.

“At the top of the list is to oversee the implementation of major portions of our massive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with its major climate provisions, that I helped to write, along with the transformational clean energy tax provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. Implementation of both laws is indispensable if we are ultimately to win the battle against global warming while creating tens of millions of American jobs in the years to come.

“The great privilege of my life has been the opportunity to serve the people of the First State and of the United States in so many different roles for so many years. I’ve never felt the gratitude and affection of so many Delawareans as I feel today when traveling through our Small Wonder. It is palpable, it is a source of joy, and it is deeply, deeply appreciated.”

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki Issues StatementRegarding U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s Upcoming Retirement
“I am disappointed to learn that the senator has chosen to retire but at the same time I am grateful for his lifetime of service to our City, state and nation. For a good part of my career, I had the pleasure of being part of the team that transformed the Christina Riverfront. Tom Carper’s leadership and partnership as far as understanding and supporting the potential of the Riverfront District began before he became Governor and has continued to this day. Thank you, Senator, for your support, friendship, and guidance.”

“For nearly 50 years, I have had the privilege of calling Tom Carper my friend, my trusted colleague, and my elected representative. Over the years, Tom and I often rode the train together, getting to Washington early in the morning, and back to Wilmington late at night. I personally witnessed his tireless dedication to the people of Delaware. And I continue to admire his sincere commitment to forging consensus across the aisle in order to get things done. Every part of the state of Delaware is better off because of Tom’s devoted service. As State Treasurer, Representative, as Governor, and as U.S. Senator, Tom’s steady leadership has made an indelible impact on the state, from strengthening our economy to protecting the environment, to revitalizing our infrastructure. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Tom was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act, which has extended quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, his leadership has been vital to progress we’ve made in Delaware and across America to protect public lands and waters, and to fight the existential threat of climate change. Over the last two years, Tom’s leadership has been integral to securing passage of the historic Infrastructure Law, a once-in-a-generation investment in modernizing our nation’s roads, bridges, railroads, ports, airports, water systems, and high-speed Internet, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant investment ever to tackle the climate crisis, lower health care and energy costs, and strengthen our energy security. Tom is also the last Vietnam War veteran serving in the Senate, and has spent his career advocating for veterans, especially veterans’ health care. For millions of veterans across America, and for their families, Tom has been a relentless fighter and persistent advocate. Beyond his innumerable accomplishments in office, Tom has empowered and inspired generations of young Delawareans to enter public service and run for office. He has served as a role model, a mentor, and a trusted advisor to countless public servants throughout the state. I look forward to working with Tom over the next year and a half to keep delivering for the American people, and I continue to be grateful for his leadership and service to the people of Delaware in the U.S. Senate.”

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