New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Bob Casey, Jr.

From Ballotpedia
(Redirected from Bob Casey, Jr)
Jump to: navigation, search
Bob Casey, Jr.
Bob Casey.jpg
U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorRick Santorum (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.75 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$30,042,628
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Auditor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Bachelor'sThe College of the Holy Cross, 1982
J.D.The Catholic University of America, 1988
Date of birthApril 13, 1960
Place of birthScranton, Pa.
Net worth(2012) $544,508.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Bob Casey, Jr. (b. April 13, 1960, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Pennsylvania. Casey was first elected to the Senate in 2006, and he was sworn into office the following January. Casey is currently serving his second consecutive term in the U.S. Senate, having won re-election in 2012.[1] Casey's current term expires on January 3, 2019. He will come up for re-election again in 2018.

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Casey's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 2007-Present: U.S Senator from Pennsylvania
  • 2005-2007: Served as Pennsylvania State Treasurer
  • 1997-2005: Served as Pennsylvania Auditor General
  • 1988: Graduated from Catholic University of America
  • 1982: Graduated form College of the Holy Cross

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Casey serves on the following committees:[3]


Casey served on the following committees:[4]


Casey served on the following committees:[5]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
    • Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms
  • Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues
    • Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
    • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Economic Committee
  • Aging

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.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Casey's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Casey voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[10] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[10] Casey was one of nine Democratic senators who voted against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[11][12] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[12] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[13] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Casey voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[11][12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[14] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Casey voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Casey voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[8]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Casey voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Casey voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Casey 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]


On The Issues Vote Match

Casey'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, Casey is a Conservative-Leaning Populist. Casey received a score of 23 percent on social issues and 28 percent on economic issues.[17]

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[18]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[17] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Casey supported President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. He stated, "Every day that Assad remains in power helps Iran and Hezbollah who plot against the United States and its allies. I believe that it is in the US national security interest to respond to this most recent chemical attack. I appreciate the Administration's efforts to consult with Congress about the situation."[19]

Campaign themes


Casey outlined the central themes of his 2012 re-election campaign for Senate on his official campaign website. He listed creating jobs as his top priority.[20] Other key issues included:

  • Changing Washington

Casey's 2012 campaign emphasized his record of promoting bipartisan reforms during his first term as Senator. Excerpt: "Casey has supported spending cuts and measures to force Washington to live within its means. He has also supported reforms to stop automatic pay increases for Congress and to strengthen ethics rules."[20]

  • Pennsylvania families

Excerpt: "[Casey] has supported tax cuts for middle-income families to help make ends meet and to boost the economy. He has voted against tax breaks for big oil and stood up to Wall Street by pushing for tough new rules to protect Pennsylvanians and the economy."[20]

  • Manufacturing and Trade

Excerpt: "Casey has fought against unfair trade practices that would put Pennsylvania jobs at risk, and he is fighting for tough sanctions against China for its currency abuses and illegal dumping of cheap products in American market."[20]

  • Medicare

Casey supported or passed legislation to improve the quality of life for senior citizens, such as a bill to protect seniors and disabled citizens from paying increased medicare premiums in 2013, and to remove certain barriers to changing insurance plans placed on Medicare recipients under Obamacare.[20]



See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2014

After winning re-election to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 2012, Casey was thought to be a potential challenger to Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Casey removed himself from consideration in a Feb. 4 interview with the Daily Times editorial board during which he stated unequivocally that he would not run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.[21][22]


See also: United States Senate elections in Pennsylvania, 2012

Casey won re-election in 2012.[1][23] He was unopposed in the April 24 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Tom Smith and Libertarian Rayburn Smith in the November 6 general election.[1][24]

U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Casey, Jr. Incumbent 53.7% 3,021,364
     Republican Tom Smith 44.6% 2,509,132
     Libertarian Rayburn Douglas Smith 1.7% 96,926
Total Votes 5,627,422
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State


Casey's 2012 re-election campaign was endorsed by numerous individuals and organizations, including:[25]

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Bob Casey, "Harley."

Bob Casey, "American People."

Bob Casey, "Armor."


Pennsylvania's Senate Election, 2012
Poll Bob Casey (D) Tom Smith (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(October 12-14, 2012)
The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College
(October 10-14, 2012)
Susquehanna Poll
October 4-6, 2012)
Siena College Research Institute Poll
(October 1-5, 2012)
Quinnipiac University Poll
September 18-24
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(September 29, 2012)
Franklin & Marshall College Poll
(August 7-12, 2012)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(July 24-30, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(July 21-23, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(July 18, 2012)
AVERAGES 46.4% 37.6% 14.3% +/-3.95 699.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor information for Casey is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Casey raised a total of $30,042,628 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[27]

Bob Casey, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Pennsylvania) Won $12,113,233
2006 U.S. Senate (Pennsylvania) Won $17,929,395
Grand Total Raised $30,042,628


Casey won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $14,113,233 and spent $14,341,536.[28] This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Casey spent $4.75 per vote received in 2012.

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, Casey's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $257,017 to $832,000. That averages to $544,508.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Casey ranked as the 80th most wealthy senator in 2012.[30] Between 2006 and 2012, Casey‘s calculated net worth[31] increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[32]

Bob Casey, Jr. Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:41%
Average annual growth:7%[33]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[34]
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). In the 113th Congress, Casey is the chair of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety and chair of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growths. Casey received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2005-2014, 28.18 percent of Casey's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[35]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bob Casey, Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $32,779,484
Total Spent $32,610,324
Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Chair of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$5,700,611
Real Estate$914,909
Securities & Investment$879,910
Heath Professionals$628,710
% total in top industry17.39%
% total in top two industries20.79%
% total in top five industries28.18%


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Casey was a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of August 2014.[36] This was the same rating Casey received in July 2013.[37]

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.[38]

Casey most often votes with:

Casey 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, Casey missed 28 of 2,386 roll call votes between January 2007 and July 2014. This amounts to 1.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of July 2014.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Casey paid his congressional staff a total of $3,256,045 in 2011. He ranked 6th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 8th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 5th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

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 in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Casey ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[41]


Casey ranked 40th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[42]


Casey ranked 27th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[43]

Voting with party

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


Casey voted with the Democratic Party 93.2 percent of the time, which ranked 36th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of August 2014.[44]


Casey voted with the Democratic Party 92.8 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[45]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Bob + Casey, Jr. + Pennsylvania + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Bob Casey, Jr. News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link
Political Tracker has an article on:
Robert Casey


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CNN, "Pennsylvania Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed October 24, 2011
  3. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  4. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Bob Casey Jr. Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  9., "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 )," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 On The Issues, "Casey Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  18. 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.
  19. Robert P. Casey, Jr. - United States Senator for Pennsylvania, "Casey's Statement on President's Remarks on Syria," August 31, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 16, 2012
  21. Daily Times, "The Heron's Nest: Casey takes himself out of running for governor," February 5, 2013
  22. Allentown Morning Call, "Corbett: No plans to end 'tradition' of Pa. governors serving two terms," November 12, 2012
  23. Morning Call, "Mellow Casey has to up profile for re-election," accessed January 6, 2012
  24. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  25. Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "News," accessed October 16, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed April 22, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Bob Casey's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  30. OpenSecrets, "Casey, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  31. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  32. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  33. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  34. 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.
  35., "Sen. Bob Casey," accessed October 2, 2014
  36. GovTrack, "Robert Casey," accessed August 29, 2014
  37. GovTrack, "Robert Casey," accessed July 5, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed August 29, 2014
  39. GovTrack, "Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed August 29, 2014
  40. LegiStorm, "Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed August 6, 2012
  41. National Journal, "Vote Ratings: 2013," February 21, 2013
  42. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Santorum
U.S. Senate - Pennsylvania
Succeeded by