The Life of Daniel Carper
Daniel was a long-standing member of the Lord Abbett family, serving as both sales and marketing head as well as passion project leader. Daniel took immense pleasure helping students complete their designs projects.
Carper was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 after serving as West Virginia state treasurer, and is known for being a centrist Democrat with an interest in environmental issues and efforts to revive a financially struggling United States Postal Service.
Early Life and Education
Carper quickly found himself disillusioned with the formalities and exclusivity of architecture, so he turned his design skills towards skateboarding instead. He founded Loaded Boards and Orangatang Wheels in Culver City, California – quickly becoming one of the leading custom-made skateboard designers worldwide.
Vietnam veteran Tom Carper became Delaware’s Representative in 1982, serving five terms as a moderate, business-minded New Democrat. Later he ran successfully for governorship of Delaware in 1992 and won two four-year terms as governor, further cementing Delaware as an environment conducive to business with low regulation levels and business friendly attitudes. Carper also co-authored the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act which has saved Americans billions at the pump.
Carper began his career in architecture, designing precise and artisanal objects before growing frustrated with its formalities and exclusivity. Instead, he turned his talents towards skateboarding where he now designs one-to-one scale objects for Loaded Boards and Orangatang wheels in Culver City, California.
Encouraged by local politicians, Carper ran for U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and defeated longtime incumbent Republican Eugene T. Reed (who later was found guilty of illegal campaign financing practices). Carper served five terms in Congress including chairing its Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization.
After failing in his bid for reelection as a member of the House in 1992, he was elected to Delaware’s Senate and served two terms as its senior senator as a moderate New Democrat focused on economic development and recruiting large businesses like pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to the state.
Achievement and Honors
Carper served as Senator from Delaware from 1999-2003, serving as an advocate for its state and citizens. A centrist Democrat who sought bipartisan solutions instead of ideological arguments when dealing with problems, Carper worked to reduce government waste while simultaneously increasing federal funding for education, healthcare, transportation infrastructure and infrastructure projects.
He served on the National Governors Association Board as chairman and vice-chairman, Amtrak board, and is a founding member of Jobs for America’s Graduates, an organization which reduces high school dropout rates in over 30 states.
Daniel was an enthusiastic lifelong learner who enjoyed skiing, piano playing, writing poetry, rose gardening and running. An avid reader and author himself, Daniel wrote his memoir about growing up in Bartlett Texas and wrote it into a memoir for publication by the Portal to Texas History. Volunteering was his favorite pastime at this point in his life.
Carper enjoys fishing and outdoor sports in his retirement years, spending time with family and grandchildren. He is an advocate of arts programs as well as active in his church community.
From 1976 to 1983, he served as State Treasurer of Delaware and worked in economic development. In 2000 he ran for U.S. Senate against an incumbent Democratic governor and won his seat with ease – becoming his first term as senator.
Carper has established strong working relationships with a range of politicians, such as President Joe Biden and former Senators John Kerry and John McCain. He is an outspoken proponent of environmental protection, leading efforts to help shore up an already financially strapped U.S. Postal Service; both he and his wife attend Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Carper has amassed an impressive fortune over his lengthy and successful career, which began with him serving in the Navy before making waves in politics – earning a net worth estimated to be $10 Million.
Carper serves on the Senate Finance Committee and plays an influential role in shaping America’s economic policies. So it should come as no surprise that his stock trades have drawn some scrutiny; especially after purchasing thousands of dollars worth of a short-selling fund that moves in the opposite direction of the market in order to make money if its decline occurred.
His family includes his wife Mary Leah; three children: Christi Dianne Carper Whiten of Ardmore; Billy James Carper (and April) from Fort Worth Texas and Staci Nicole Carper Hanson from Davis; seven grandchildren including Leah Dalton Whiten from Orlando; Christian James Whiten from Arlington and Thomas Everett Carper from Ft Worth as well as step-grandchildren Derek Whiten and Autum Looney.