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The website ''Open Congress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Casey votes with the Democratic Party '''94.3%''' of the time. This ranks 23rd among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/senate/democrat ''Open Congress'' "Voting With Party," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>

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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
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$445,508
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Bob Casey, Jr. (b. April 13, 1960) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Pennsylvania. Casey was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Casey won re-election in 2012.[1]


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

  • 1982: Graduated form College of the Holy Cross
  • 1988: Graduated from Catholic University of America
  • 1997-2005: Served as Pennsylvania auditor general
  • 2005-2006: Served as Pennsylvania State treasurer
  • 2007-Present: U.S Senator from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Casey serves on the following committees[3]:

  • Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Chair
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • The Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chair
    • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Aging
  • Joint Economic Committee
  • Finance Committee
    • The Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Chair
    • The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
    • The Subcommittee on Healthcare


  • 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


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



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 will not run for Governor of Pennsylvania in the upcoming election.[6][7]


See also: United States Senate elections in Pennsylvania, 2012

Casey won re-election in 2012.[1][8] 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][9]

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 The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[10]

2012 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.[11] Other key issues include:

  • Changing Washington

Casey's 2012 campaign emphasizes his record of promoting bipartisan reforms during his first term as Senator. "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."[11]

  • 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."[11]

  • 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."[11]

  • Medicare

Casey has 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.[11]

Senate Campaign Ads

Bob Casey, "Harley"

Bob Casey, "American People"

Bob Casey, "Armor"

2012 Election Polls

Pennsylvania's Senate Election, 2012
Poll Bob Casey (D) Tom Smith (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(July 18, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(July 21-23, 2012)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(July 24-30, 2012)
Franklin & Marshall College Poll
(August 7-12, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(September 29, 2012)
Quinnipiac University Poll
September 18-24
Siena College Research Institute Poll
(October 1-5, 2012)
Susquehanna Poll
October 4-6, 2012)
The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College
(October 10-14, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(October 12-14, 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 in this race. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[13]

Bob Casey, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (Pennsylvania) Won $12,113,233
2006 US Senate (Pennsylvania) Won $17,929,395
Grand Total Raised $30,042,628
Breakdown of the source of Casey's campaign funds before the 2012 election.


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.[14]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Casey is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[15]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Casey missed 8 of 1,935 roll call votes between January 2007 and April 2013. This amounts to 0.4%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of March 2013[16]

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 ranks 6th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 8th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranks 5th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Casey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $207,017 and $684,000. That averages to $445,508.00, which is significantly lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 23.41% from 2010.[18]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Casey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $159,019 and $563,000. That averages to $361,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[19]

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. In 2012, Casey ranked 40th out of 52 Democratic members of the Senate in the liberal rankings.[20][21]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2011, Casey ranked 27th among Democratic members of the Senate in the liberal rankings.[22]

Voting with party


Bob Casey, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[23]


Casey and his wife, Terese Foppiano, have four children.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CNN "Pennsylvania Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed October 24, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Bob Casey, Jr. Vote Smart profile
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Daily Times, "The Heron's Nest: Casey takes himself out of running for govenor," February 5, 2013
  7. Allentown Morning Call, "Corbett: No plans to end 'tradition' of Pa. governors serving two terms," November 12, 2012
  8. Morning Call "Mellow Casey has to up profile for re-election," Accessed January 6, 2012
  9. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  10. Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "News," accessed October 16, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "Issues," Accessed October 16, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed April 22, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Bob Casey's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  15. Gov Track "Robert Casey," Accessed July 5, 2013
  16. GovTrack, "Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed April 17, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Bob Casey, Jr."
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Casey, (D-Penn), 2011"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Casey, (D-Penn), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  21. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Santorum
U.S. Senate - Pennsylvania
Succeeded by