Bob Casey, Jr.

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Bob Casey, Jr.
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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$445,508
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 sworn into office the following January. Casey is currently serving his second consecutive term in the U.S. Senate, having recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the April 24 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Tom Smith and Libertarian Rayburn Smith in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

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.

Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Casey served as the state treasurer and state auditor for Pennsylvania.

Casey's current term expires on January 3, 2019. He will come up for re-election again in 2018.


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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Casey serves on the following committees[4]:

  • 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


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



Legislative actions

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.[7] 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.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Casey supports 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.”."[9]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 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.[11] 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.[12]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 suspended 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.[10]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Casey voted for the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[10] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Casey was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[10]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" 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.[10]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[13]



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.[14][15]


See also: United States Senate elections in Pennsylvania, 2012

Casey won re-election in 2012.[1][16] 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][17]

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.[18]

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.[19] 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."[19]

  • 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."[19]

  • 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."[19]

  • 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.[19]

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

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.[21]

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.[22] This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[23]

Cost per vote

Casey spent $4.75 per vote received in 2012.


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" as of July 2013.[24]

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.[25]

Casey most often votes with:

Casey least often votes with:

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[26]

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 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.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[28]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[29]

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 40th out of 52 Democratic senators in the liberal rankings in 2012.[30][31]


Casey ranked 27th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[32]

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.[33]


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

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 CNN "Pennsylvania Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed October 24, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Bob Casey, Jr. Vote Smart profile
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Robert P. Casey, Jr. - United States Senator for Pennsylvania, "Casey's Statement on President's Remarks on Syria," August 31, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Project Votesmart, "Bob Casey Jr. Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. Daily Times, "The Heron's Nest: Casey takes himself out of running for govenor," February 5, 2013
  15. Allentown Morning Call, "Corbett: No plans to end 'tradition' of Pa. governors serving two terms," November 12, 2012
  16. Morning Call "Mellow Casey has to up profile for re-election," Accessed January 6, 2012
  17. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  18. Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "News," accessed October 16, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Bob Casey Official Campaign Website, "Issues," Accessed October 16, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed April 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Bob Casey's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  24. Gov Track, "Robert Casey," accessed July 5, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.," accessed August 22, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Bob Casey, Jr.," Accessed April 17, 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Bob Casey, Jr."
  28., "Casey, (D-Penn), 2011"
  29., "Casey, (D-Penn), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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