Bill Keating

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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, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorStephen Lynch (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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, Massachusetts) 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. He is currently serving his second consecutive term. [1]

Keating is set to run for re-election in Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014. 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.[2]

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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Keating's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Keating serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats: Chair
    • 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:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Keating's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "No" 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Keating voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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.[13][14]

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.[16] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[17]. 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.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[18] 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.[19] Keating voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[21] 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.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Keating has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Voted "No" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]



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

Keating is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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. [28]

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.[29]

  • Boston Globe

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[31]

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


Below are Keating’s FEC reports.[32]


Breakdown of the source of Keating's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[38]

Cost per vote

Keating spent $2.43 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Keating's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[39]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Keating is a "Democratic follower," as of August 9, 2013.[40]

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.[41]

Keating most often votes with:

Keating least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Keating missed 37 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013, which is 2.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[42]

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.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[44]

Bill Keating Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.


According to the data released in 2013, Keating was ranked the 84th most liberal representative during 2012.[45]


According to the data released in 2012, Bill Keating was ranked the 126th most liberal representative during 2011. This means that he possesses the most consservative rating of any of the representatives of Massachusetts.[46]

Voting with party

June 2013

Keating voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 66th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]


Keating and his wife, Tevis, have two children.[2]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website, "Biography," Accessed December 2, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Keating," accessed September 20, 2013
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," Accessed December 2, 2011
  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, "Representative Bill Keating's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  17., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Keating on immigration," accessed September 25, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Bill Keating's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 25, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Keating on abortion," accessed September 25, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  28. Associated Press, "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
  29. Keating's Official Website, "Boston Globe Endorses Bill!," Accessed July 18, 2013]
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Bill Keating," Accessed May 16, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating Summary Report," accessed July 26, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating October Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Massachusetts District 10," Accessed December 2, 2011
  40. GovTrack, "Rep. William Keating," Accessed July 18, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "William Keating," Accessed August 5, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Bill Keating," Accessed April 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Bill Keating"
  44., "Keating (D-MA), 2012"
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Bill Delahunt
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 10
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Norwood District Attorney
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