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. March 31, 1955) 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 in the House Keating was a member of the Massachusetts House of Represenatives, a member of the Massachusetts State Senate as well as serverving 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]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Keating serves on the following committees:[3]

  • 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:[4]


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.[5]



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. [6]

General election

Bill Keating, "Cut Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil" [7]
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.[8]

  • 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.[10]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keating’s reports.[11]

William Keating (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$248,278.10$44,846.28$(42,106.51)$251,017.87
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$251,017.87$106,529.70$(39,279.70)$318,267.87
Running totals


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.[14]


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.[15]


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.[16]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[17]

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 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]


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.[21]

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.[22]


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.[23]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Keating voted with the Democratic Party 93.5 of the time, which ranked 66 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[24]

Recent news

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

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website, "Biography," Accessed December 2, 2011
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," Accessed December 2, 2011
  5. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Associated Press, "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
  7. YouTube channel
  8. Keating's Official Website, "Boston Globe Endorses Bill!," Accessed July 18, 2013]
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. Open Secrets, "Bill Keating," Accessed May 16, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission "William Keating Summary Report," Accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "William Keating April Quarterly," Accessed July 26, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "William Keating July Quarterly," Accessed July 26, 2013
  14. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  15. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Massachusetts District 10," Accessed December 2, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Rep. William Keating," Accessed July 18, 2013
  17. OpenCongress, "William Keating," Accessed August 5, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Bill Keating," Accessed April 2013
  19. LegiStorm, "Bill Keating"
  20. Open Secrets, "Keating, (D-Mass), 2011"
  21. Open Secrets, "Keating, (D-Mass), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Succeeded by