Bob Casey Jr Committee Assignment

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Casey.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Casey is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Casey has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Robert “Bob” Casey Jr. sits on the following committees:

  • Ranking Member, Senate Special Committee on Aging
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
    • Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
    • Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Enacted Legislation

Casey was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Casey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (26%)Taxation (18%)Education (14%)Labor and Employment (14%)International Affairs (9%)Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)Agriculture and Food (6%)Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Casey’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Casey’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay H.R. 636: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016
Jul 13, 2016. Motion Agreed to 89/4.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for fiscal year 2017. The bill was introduced as the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, and it passed the House in that form on February 13, ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea S. 1: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act
Mar 4, 2015. Veto Sustained 62/37.
On the first day of this Congress, January 3, 2015, 241 bills were introduced in the House and Senate. Legislation introduced on Day 1 is often meant to send a bold statement that “these are our top priorities” by party leadership, so the bill labeled ...
Yea S. 1: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act
Jan 29, 2015. Bill Passed 62/36.
On the first day of this Congress, January 3, 2015, 241 bills were introduced in the House and Senate. Legislation introduced on Day 1 is often meant to send a bold statement that “these are our top priorities” by party leadership, so the bill labeled ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 2642 (113th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Feb 4, 2014. Conference Report Agreed to 68/32.
Nay H.R. 658 (112th): FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
Feb 6, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 75/20.
Nay H.R. 3080 (112th): United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Bill Passed 83/15.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Mar 2018, Casey missed 34 of 3,373 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2007 Jan-Mar12600.0%0th
2007 Apr-Jun11200.0%0th
2007 Jul-Sep11900.0%0th
2007 Oct-Dec8500.0%0th
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep4700.0%0th
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10810.9%50th
2010 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5823.4%63rd
2011 Jul-Sep4912.0%48th
2011 Oct-Dec8200.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10932.8%81st
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%61st
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7622.6%59th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8045.0%76th
2014 Jan-Mar9344.3%84th
2014 Apr-Jun123108.1%83rd
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%46th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar3812.6%45th
2016 Apr-Jun7933.8%76th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar5012.0%56th

Primary Sources

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Robert “Bob” Casey Jr. is pronounced:

RO-bert // KAY-see

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Bob Casey, Jr., in full Robert Patrick Casey, Jr., (born April 13, 1960, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.), American politician who was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and began representing Pennsylvania in that body the following year.

Biography

Casey was the eldest son of Bob Casey, Sr., a conservative Democrat who served as governor of Pennsylvania (1987–95). After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 1982, the younger Casey, who was Roman Catholic, spent the following year teaching fifth grade in Philadelphia as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He then studied law at the Catholic University of America (Juris Doctor degree, 1988) and subsequently went into private practice in Scranton, Pennyslvania. During that time he married (1985) Terese Foppiano, and the couple later had four children.

In 1996 Casey entered political life by running for and being elected auditor general of the state, a post he held from 1997 to 2005. He ran for governor in 2002 but lost in the primary. Casey served as state treasurer from 2005 to 2006, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. He easily defeated the incumbent Republican, Rick Santorum.

After taking office in 2007, Casey established a reputation as a moderate to conservative Democrat. Although he strongly supported gun-ownership rights, he endorsed background checks and efforts to control the sale of assault weapons to individuals. An advocate for children, he introduced legislation to increase funding for access to early childhood education, and he helped reauthorize a program that funded education for pediatricians. Casey opposed abortion but was a vocal supporter of marriage equality. He also helped repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that barred openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

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