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 3
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
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1952
Place of birthNorwood, Massachusetts
Net worth$1,859,524
Office website
Campaign website
William R. "Bill" Keating (b. September 6, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Massachusetts. Keating represents Massachusetts' 9th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2010. He won re-election in 2012 for the 9th congressional district seat, due to redistricting after previously serving the 10th district.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Keating is a "centrist Democratic follower".[2]


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.[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]


Specific votes

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 one 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.[6]



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. [7]

General election

Bill Keating, "Cut Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil" [8]
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"

Primary results

Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District 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.[9][10]

  • 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.[12]

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


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.[13]


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.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts, 10th District, 2010 - Bill Keating Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,508,869
Total Spent $1,505,516
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,292,757
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,229,158
Top contributors to Bill Keating's campaign committee
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee


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 Jan 2011 to Mar 2013, which is 2.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[15]

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 he 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Keating's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $968,049 and $2,750,999. This averages to $1,859,524, which is a 8.84% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Keating's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,678,053 and $7,152,000. That averages to $4,415,026.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[18]

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.[19]


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.[20]

Percentage voting with party

December 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Keating has voted with the Democratic Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 127 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[21]

Recent news

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Keating and his wife, Tevis, have two children.[3]

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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
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate
Succeeded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives
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