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Bill Keating
William Keating.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 9
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorStephen Lynch (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$2.43 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,569,974
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Norwood District Attorney
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBoston College
Master'sBoston College
J.D.Suffolk University
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1952
Place of birthNorwood, Massachusetts
Net worth$1,859,524
Office website
Campaign website
William R. "Bill" Keating (b. September 6, 1952, in Norwood, MA) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District. Keating was first elected to the House in 2010 for Massachusetts' 10th Congressional District but due to redistricting, he won re-election in Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District on November 6, 2012.[1]

Keating won re-election to Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District in 2014. He was unopposed in the primary on September 9, 2014, and he defeated John Chapman (R) in the general election.[2][3]

Prior to being elected to the House, Keating was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and a member of the Massachusetts State Senate. He also served as the Norwood District Attorney.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Keating is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


After earning his bachelor's degree, Keating went into politics as a 23-year-old representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He served in that chamber for seven years and went on to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate. Keating also earned his master's degree and J.D., passing the Massachusetts bar. In the decade between serving in the state senate and being elected to the U.S. House, Keating worked as the Norwood District Attorney.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Keating's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Keating serves on the following committees:[6]


Keating served on the following committees:[7][8]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats: Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
    • Subcommittee on Counterterriorism and Intelligence


Keating was a member of the following House committees:[9]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[10] For more information pertaining to Keating's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security


Nay3.png Keating voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Keating voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Keating voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Keating did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Keating voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Keating joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[20] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[21] Keating voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Keating voted for HR 2775.[24]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Keating voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Keating has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

Social issues


Nay3.png Keating voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Keating voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]


On The Issues Vote Match

Bill Keating's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Keating is a Liberal Populist. Keating received a score of 44 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[30]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[31]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[30] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

King Amendment

Keating signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[32] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[33] King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.



See also: Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Keating ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014.[2] He then defeated John Chapman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Keating Incumbent 53.1% 140,413
     Republican John Chapman 43.5% 114,971
     Write-in Other 0.1% 157
     Blank None 3.4% 9,013
Total Votes 264,554
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results


See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts and United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Keating ran for re-election in 2012. He had been redistricted to the 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts, but moved and sought re-election in the newly created 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. He defeated Sam Sutter in the September 6, 2012 Democratic primary.[34]

General election

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Keating Incumbent 55.1% 212,754
     Republican Christopher Sheldon 30.2% 116,531
     Independent Daniel Botelho 8.5% 32,655
     N/A All Others 0.1% 465
     N/A Blank Votes 6.1% 23,394
Total Votes 385,799
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Keating Incumbent 59.2% 31,314
Sam Sutter 40.8% 21,616
Total Votes 52,930


Keating was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.[35]

  • Boston Globe

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Keating attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Keating is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Keating raised a total of $2,569,974 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[37]

Bill Keating's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 9) Won $1,061,105
2010 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 10) Won $1,508,869
Grand Total Raised $2,569,974

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keating’s reports.[38]

Bill Keating (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$248,278.10$44,846.28$(42,106.51)$251,017.87
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$251,017.87$106,529.70$(39,279.70)$318,267.87
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$318,267.87$96,850.41$(42,213.42)$372,904.86
Year-end[42]January 31, 2014$372,904$86,020$(40,054)$418,871
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$418,871$169,889$(38,300)$550,459
Running totals


Keating won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Keating's campaign committee raised a total of $1,061,105 and spent $816,180.[44]

Cost per vote

Keating spent $2.43 per vote received in 2012.


Keating won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Keating's campaign committee raised a total of $1,508,869 and spent $1,505,516.[45]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Keating's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $875,049 and $2,556,999. That averages to $1,716,024, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Keating ranked as the 163rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2009 and 2012, Keating's calculated net worth[47] decreased by an average of 21 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Bill Keating Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-63%
Average annual growth:-21%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Keating received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2009-2014, 29.87 percent of Keating's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bill Keating Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,334,409
Total Spent $2,614,015
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$426,834
Public Sector Unions$161,000
Building Trade Unions$152,500
Transportation Unions$121,250
% total in top industry12.8%
% total in top two industries17.63%
% total in top five industries29.87%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Keating was a "moderate Democratic follower," as of August 4, 2014. This was the same rating Keating received in August 4, 2014.[52]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[53]

Keating most often votes with:

Keating least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Keating missed 69 of 2,726 roll call votes from January 2011 to August 2014, which is 2.5%. This is equal to the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Keating paid his congressional staff a total of $778,417 in 2011. He ranked 5th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 41st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


Keating ranked 104th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[56]


Keating ranked 84th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[57]


Keating ranked 126th in the liberal rankings in 2011. This means that he possesses the most consservative rating of any of the representatives of Massachusetts.[58]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Keating voted with the Democratic Party 94.2 percent of the time, which ranked 65th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[59]


Keating voted with the Democratic Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 66th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[60]


Keating and his wife, Tevis, have two children.[4]

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  31. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Lynch
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Delahunt
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Norwood District Attorney
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Massachusetts State Senate
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Massachusetts House of Representatives
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