Recovering Governors Take Senate One Day at a Time

Shaheen, King and Rounds chair the Former Governors Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Thomas R. Carper kicked off his Senate floor tribute to retiring Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., in December by noting the two of them, along with presiding officer Joe Manchin III, were all “recovering governors.”  

“We’re sort of a support group for one another,” the Delaware Democrat said then. “Men and women who used to be somebody and be special.” Carper was kidding — mostly.