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Bob Casey Jr.
Bob Casey Jr. official photo.jpg
Official portrait, 2016
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Serving with Pat Toomey
Preceded byRick Santorum
Chair of the Senate Aging Committee
Assumed office
February 3, 2021
Preceded bySusan Collins
Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee
In office
January 3, 2017 – February 3, 2021
Preceded byClaire McCaskill
Succeeded byTim Scott
34th Treasurer of Pennsylvania
In office
January 18, 2005 – January 3, 2007
GovernorEd Rendell
Preceded byBarbara Hafer
Succeeded byRobin Wiessmann
49th Auditor General of Pennsylvania
In office
January 21, 1997 – January 18, 2005
GovernorTom Ridge
Mark Schweiker
Ed Rendell
Preceded byBarbara Hafer
Succeeded byJack Wagner
Personal details
Robert Patrick Casey Jr.

(1960-04-13) April 13, 1960 (age 61)
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Terese Foppiano
(m. 1985)
ParentsBob Casey Sr.
Ellen Harding Casey
ResidenceScranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.[1]
EducationCollege of the Holy Cross (BA)
Catholic University of America (JD)
WebsiteSenate website
Campaign website

Robert Patrick Casey Jr. (born April 13, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania, a seat to which he was first elected in 2006. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005 and as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2007.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Casey is the son of Bob Casey, a former Governor of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978, he attended the College of the Holy Cross. He received his J.D. degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Casey practiced law in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before beginning his political career as Pennsylvania's Auditor General, a post to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.

In 2002, Casey attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by running for Governor of Pennsylvania, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by eventual general election victor Ed Rendell. After being term-limited out of his position as Auditor General, Casey was elected Treasurer in the 2004 election. Casey defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania. He was reelected in 2012 and 2018, becoming Pennsylvania's first ever Democrat to win a third consecutive term in the Senate.

Early life, education, law career and family

Casey was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, one of eight children of Ellen (née Harding) and Bob Casey, the 42nd governor of Pennsylvania. He is of Irish descent.[2]

Casey played basketball and graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978. Following in his father's footsteps, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1982, and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1988.[3] Between college and law school, Casey served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and spent a year teaching 5th grade and coaching basketball at the Gesu School in inner-city Philadelphia.[4]

Casey practiced law in Scranton from 1991 until 1996.[4]

Casey and his wife Terese were married in 1985, and they have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena.[5]

Early political career

State Auditor General

Casey ran for and was elected Pennsylvania State Auditor General in 1996. He was re-elected in 2000, and served for two terms, from 1997 to 2005.[6]

In a 2002 PoliticsPA feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, he was named the "Most Likely to Succeed".[7]

2002 gubernatorial election

Casey attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by running for Pennsylvania Governor. Casey faced former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell in the Democratic primary election. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party threw their support behind Casey, whom they saw as a more electable candidate than Rendell. In a bitter primary, Rendell won the nomination by winning only 10 out of 67 counties: Philadelphia and its suburbs (Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware), its Lehigh Valley exurbs (Berks, Lehigh and Northampton), Lancaster County, and Centre County, the home of Penn State University.[8] Rendell went on to win the general election.

State Treasurer

In 2004, Casey, who was term limited in his Auditor General position, ran for State Treasurer. He was elected on a platform advocating government accountability[9] and served from 2005 to 2007.[10]

U.S. Senate



County results of the 2006 U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Casey won the counties in blue.
County results of the 2006 U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Casey won the counties in blue.

In 2005, Casey received calls from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Minority Leader. Both men asked him to run for U.S. Senate in 2006 against Republican incumbent Rick Santorum. On March 5, 2005, Casey launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Casey's run for the Senate was his fifth statewide campaign in nine years.

Casey was almost immediately endorsed by Governor Ed Rendell, his primary election opponent from 2002.[11] He was endorsed by two Democrats who had been mentioned as possible U.S. Senate nominees: former Congressman Joe Hoeffel, who had run against Pennsylvania's other Senator, Arlen Specter, in 2004, and former State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, whom many in the pro-choice movement had attempted to convince to run against Casey in the Democratic primary.[citation needed]

Casey's more socially conservative views led to two challenges in the Democratic primary. His two challengers, college professor Chuck Pennacchio and pension lawyer Alan Sandals, argued that Casey's views on abortion and other social issues were too conservative for most Pennsylvania Democrats. Casey refuted this, arguing his opinions gave him cross-party appeal. He easily defeated both challengers in the May 16 primary receiving 85% of the vote.[12][13]

On election night, Casey won the race with 59% of the vote, compared to 41% for incumbent Senator Rick Santorum. Casey's margin of victory was the highest ever for a Democrat running for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania.[14] Casey's 17.4-point victory margin was also the largest for a challenger to any incumbent Senator since James Abdnor unseated George McGovern by 18.8 points in 1980.[15]


Casey sought re-election in 2012.[16][17] His re-election prospects were uncertain. Observers noted that as the election approached, Casey, an early supporter of Obama, had "started to oppose the president outright or developed more nuanced responses to events that differentiate him from Mr. Obama. Analysts say Mr. Casey wants to put some distance between himself and a president whose job approval ratings in Pennsylvania are poor".[18] In October 2011, the National Journal noted that "the Scranton area is hugely important for 2012" for both Obama and Casey, but "the city has among the worst unemployment in the state, and it's filled with the blue-collar Dems who weren't very enthusiastic about Obama when he first ran for president. How Casey navigates his relationship with the president will speak volumes about his re-election prospects."[citation needed]

In December 2011, it was reported that the AFL–CIO would be spending "over $170,000" on pro-Casey TV ads.[19]

Casey easily defeated challenger Joseph Vodvarka in the spring Democratic primary, and faced former coal company owner and Republican nominee Tom Smith in the fall general election. He defeated Smith on November 6, 2012, 53.7% to 44.6%, to win a second term, making him the first Democrat elected to a second term in the Senate from Pennsylvania since Joseph S. Clark Jr.'s 1962 victory.[20]


Casey defeated his Republican challenger, U.S. Congressman and former Hazelton mayor Lou Barletta, by a 55.7% to 42.6% margin. The victory made Casey the first Democrat to be elected to a third term in state history, as well as the first to win six statewide elections generally.[21][22][23]


Casey speaks during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
Casey speaks during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado

On March 28, 2008 Casey endorsed frontrunner Barack Obama in the Democratic Party presidential primary.[24] The Pennsylvania Report said that he "struck gold" by endorsing Obama early in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, a move that gave him "inside access to the halls of the White House".[25] Casey campaigned across Pennsylvania in support of Obama's candidacy in the months leading up to the primary in that state; they bowled together at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Altoona.[26]

Casey has been described as an "even-keeled moderate, not only in tone but in policy", but since Donald Trump entered the White House, Casey has developed a "new, saltier social media prowess". Casey's outspoken opposition to many of Trump's actions has prompted one local media outlet to describe his new strategy before his 2018 re-election campaign as: "Oppose Trump every chance he gets."[27][28]

On February 18, 2018, speaking to John Catsimatidis on New York radio station WNYM Bob Casey Jr. issued a warning to special counsel Robert Mueller not to deliver a report on his findings in the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections investigation, too near to the 2018 midterm elections. While saying he could not "make any assumptions about where the Mueller investigation is going", he stated that he "would recommend Mueller not release a report on his findings near the midterms", because it would "distract from elections or cause people to question the election's integrity".[29]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions


In April 2019, Casey was one of seven senators to sign a letter led by Debbie Stabenow and Joni Ernst to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the Agriculture Department to implement conservation measures in the 2018 Farm Bill "through a department-wide National Water Quality Initiative, which would build off the existing initiative housed at the Natural Resource Conservation Service."[32]

Child care

In 2019, Casey, Mazie Hirono, and Patty Murray led 32 other senators in introducing the Child Care for Working Families Act, a bill that created 770,000 new child care jobs and that ensured families under 75 percent of the state median income did not pay for child care with higher earning families having to pay "their fair share for care on a sliding scale, regardless of the number of children they have." The legislation also supported universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 3 and 4-year-olds and gave the child care workforce a changed compensation and training to aid both teachers and caregivers.[33]

Economy and jobs

Casey has criticized what he views as "draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicaid", and has stated that Medicare Part D is "fundamentally flawed" and in need of a "complete overhaul". He has also supported the Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act, authored in the early 1990s by Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, to companies with at least 25 employees.[34]

Casey is an opponent of privatizing Social Security.[35] Casey criticized Santorum for voting against an increase in the minimum wage.[36]

Casey voted in January 2010 to re-confirm Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.[37] Casey was among 41 Senators who co-sponsored PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) anti-piracy and theft legislation, the Senate version of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).[38]

In January 2014, Casey released a new report on income inequality in Pennsylvania and urged Congress to close the income gap by raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, and increasing funding for early education.[39][40][41] Bob Casey has said that he believes that the United States has not exhausted its options to stop foreign countries from flooding the United States with steel supplies, and has stated that he wants the Trump administration to defend nuclear power in Pennsylvania.[42]

In April 2017, Casey was one of eight Democratic senators to sign a letter to President Trump noting government-subsidized Chinese steel had been placed into the American market in recent years below cost and had hurt the domestic steel industry and the iron ore industry that fed it, calling on Trump to raise the steel issue with President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in his meeting with him.[43]


As a candidate for State Treasurer in 2004, Casey opposed school vouchers, and supported using state funds "to increase the availability of safe, quality and affordable early care and education for families that choose to use these programs".[44]

Betsy DeVos and FIRE

Casey questioned Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education on the grounds that she and her husband had donated to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which seeks to "defend individual rights on college campuses". "Ms. DeVos must fully explain whether she supports the radical view that it should be more difficult for campus sexual-assault victims to receive justice," said Casey. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate noted that "FIRE vigorously defends the free-speech and due-process rights of college students and faculty" and that the organization "is nonpartisan and has defended students and faculty members on the left and right", making "common cause with politically diverse organizations ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to the Heritage Foundation, Young Americans for Liberty and the Cato Institute".[45] Casey's position was challenged in USA Today by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, who pointed out that, contrary to a letter in which Casey and Sen. Patty Murray (WA) described campus sexual assault as "affecting millions of college students", 5,178 campus rapes were reported in 2014.[46] Politico ran a prominent piece that echoed Casey's characterization of FIRE,[47] while National Review and other publications assailed Casey and defended FIRE.[48][49][50][51][52]

Energy and environment

Casey opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Instead, he supports increased federal investment in hybrid and alternative fuel technology to help wean the United States off of foreign oil.[53] In a debate, Casey criticized his Republican opponent Rick Santorum for not recognizing the danger of global warming.[54] He also supports increased funding for Brownfield cleanup, as well as a reinstatement of the polluter-pays principle for the Superfund program.[53]

In February 2021, Casey was one of seven Democratic U.S. Senators to join Republicans in blocking a ban of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.[55]

Foreign policy

Bob Casey believes that Israel is one of America's most trusted allies.[56]

Among over 70 other Senators, Casey wrote to urge the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.[57] In 2014, he and Senator Rubio urged the Obama administration to prioritize the issue of ISIS's financial support.[58] He introduced the Stop Terrorist Operational Resources and Money (STORM) Act of 2016, which punishes countries that accept terrorist financing by their citizens or within their borders. Casey voted for the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, which was designed to ensure that the U.S. is not a market for antiquities looted from Syria and which was signed into law by Obama.[59][60][61]

Casey condemned the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and called for a stronger response to the crisis.[62]

In April 2019, Casey was one of thirty-four senators to sign a letter to President Trump encouraging him "to listen to members of your own Administration and reverse a decision that will damage our national security and aggravate conditions inside Central America", asserting that Trump had "consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance" since becoming president and that he was "personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity" through preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding. The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries created less migration to the U.S., citing the funding's helping to improve conditions in those countries.[63]

Government spending and taxes

In December 2012, Casey introduced legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut for another year and provide tax credits for employers that add jobs.[64]

In December 2016, Casey joined a group of other Senate Democrats led by Joe Manchin of West Virginia who refused to back down on a demand that expiring benefits for retired coal workers be extended.[65] Casey, described as "unusually animated", said he would "vote against a must-pass spending bill needed to keep the government running" if the coal miners' benefits were not extended.[66]

Alongside all other Senate Democrats, Bob Casey voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, saying that it was "a giveaway to the super rich".[67] Four months after it passed, Bob Casey proposed his own Tax Fairness for Workers Act to create deductions to help pay for union dues and other job expenses.[68] Bob Casey also proposed to expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit prior to the TCJA's passage,[69] and the Tax Cuts and Jobs act incorporated a larger expansion of this credit.[70] Bob Casey also supports expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and supports making the Adoption Tax Credit refundable.[69]

In March 2019, Casey and thirty-eight other senators signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee opining that contractor workers and by extension their families "should not be penalized for a government shutdown that they did nothing to cause" while noting that there were bills in both chambers of Congress that if enacted would provide back pay to compensate contractor employees for lost wages before urging the Appropriations Committee "to include back pay for contractor employees in a supplemental appropriations bill for FY2019 or as part of the regular appropriations process for FY2020."[71]

Gun laws

At the beginning of his Senate career, Casey was considered a strong supporter of gun rights, voting against restrictions on gun rights in 2012. In 2009, Casey voted to allow firearms in checked baggage on trains, and he has also voted against bills that would restrict gun ownership; in 2013 he voted to ban high-capacity magazines carrying over 10 rounds.[72] On April 17, 2013, Casey voted in favor of the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act to amend the background check process and require a background check for firearms transfers made at gun shows or on the internet.[73] His fellow Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey was a cosponsor in creating the bill.

On June 16, 2016, The Washington Post reported that "'pro-gun' Bob Casey" had become "an evangelist for gun control laws". After the Sandy Hook school massacre in December 2012, he had "completely flipped his views" on several gun issues, largely as a result of having been "accosted" by his wife and daughter. "Casey has since embraced every major proposal to counter gun violence," reported the Post, "including a renewed ban on assault weapons and enhanced background checks before gun purchases." In the wake of the Orlando Pulse massacre, he unveiled the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would have prevented persons convicted of hate crimes from purchasing weapons. He said he had never really thought about the gun issue until Sandy Hook, "coasting along with Pennsylvania's traditional pro-gun views in a state where the National Rifle Association has held sway for decades". After Sandy Hook, he "found it unacceptable that the NRA opposed any new laws".[74]

On June 25, 2016, Philadelphia Magazine ran an article about Casey's "profound about-face on gun control", noting that it had taken place within "a matter of days" and that Casey "was the first to introduce gun control legislation after the massacre in Orlando". Casey said that his switch had been a result of "thinking of the enormity of it, what happened to those children, which was indescribably horrific, and then having my wife and daughter say to me, 'You're going to vote on this at some point. How are you going to vote?'" He said that "I had to ask myself that question, because normally I would stay in my lane. There's only two lanes on this. It's the NRA lane, or the voting for commonsense gun measures lane. So I decided whether I was going to stay in the old lane, in which I had traveled a long time but really had never been challenged or had to cast a real big vote."[75]

In January 2019, Casey was one of forty senators to introduce the Background Check Expansion Act, a bill that would require background checks for either the sale or transfer of all firearms including all unlicensed sellers. Exceptions to the bill's background check requirement included transfers between members of law enforcement, loaning firearms for either hunting or sporting events on a temporary basis, providing firearms as gifts to members of one's immediate family, firearms being transferred as part of an inheritance, or giving a firearm to another person temporarily for immediate self-defense.[76]


Casey supported President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009,[77] and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[78]

Bob Casey won a 2012 Champion for Children Award from First Focus in honor of his commitment to improving the lives of children.[79][80]

On September 27, 2013, Casey introduced the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 1557; 113th Congress) into the Senate. This bill would reauthorize a program that provides funding to children's hospitals in the United States to help with the training of graduate medical students.[81][82]

On March 25, 2014, Casey introduced the Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2154; 113th Congress) into the Senate. The bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program through FY2019.[83] The bill would authorize appropriations of about $20 million in 2015 and $101 million over the 2015-2019 period.[84] Casey argued that "this low-cost program has saved the lives of countless children and adolescents in the past 30 years, and I urge my colleagues to support this critically important program."[85]

In January 2019, Casey was one of six Democratic senators to introduce the American Miners Act of 2019, a bill that would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to swap funds in excess of the amounts needed to meet existing obligations under the Abandoned Mine Land fund to the 1974 Pension Plan as part of an effort to prevent its insolvency as a result of coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis. It also increased the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund tax and ensured that miners affected by the 2018 coal company bankruptcies would not lose their health care.[86]

In August 2019, Casey was one of nineteen senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar requesting data from the Trump administration in order to aid in the comprehension of states and Congress on potential consequences in the event that the Texas v. United States Affordable Care Act (ACA) lawsuit prevailed in courts, citing that an overhaul of the present health care system would form "an enormous hole in the pocketbooks of the people we serve as well as wreck state budgets".[87]

In September 2019, amid discussions to prevent a government shutdown, Casey was one of six Democratic senators to sign a letter to congressional leadership advocating for the passage of legislation that would permanently fund health care and pension benefits for retired coal miners as "families in Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alabama, Colorado, North Dakota and New Mexico" would start to receive notifications of health care termination by the end of the following month.[88]


While Casey identifies as pro-life[89] and has publicly expressed support for overturning Roe v. Wade,[90] a 2018 Politico article indicated that "[a]fter a decade in the Senate, Casey has become an increasingly reliable vote in support of abortion rights — scoring as high as 100 percent on NARAL Pro-Choice America's vote tally in 2016 and 2017 ... although his 2018 rating is sure to be lower." Politico acknowledged that scorecards "are an imperfect calculation of a lawmaker's position", adding that Casey asserted that he had voted anti-abortion on 13 of the 15 abortion-related measures during his career.[89]

In 2005, Casey opposed the funding of embryonic stem cell research.[91] In 2006, Casey supported the DFLA's Pregnant Women Support Act,[92] which sought to reduce abortion by providing support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. However, Casey has voted against barring HHS grants to organizations that provide abortion services, where such services may often not be central to the organization's chief purpose.[93] Casey also supports over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception.[94]

In January 2010, during a debate on the Affordable Care Act, Casey was heckled for his handling of the abortion provisions in the health-care bill and for not taking an uncompromising pro-life stance. Casey was the primary sponsor of an amendment to prevent government funds from being used for abortion services, but when he tried to organize a compromise that appealed to both Democrats and the party's lone holdout (Sen. Ben Nelson), he angered some religious groups.[95][96] According to Politico, "Like conservative anti-abortion groups, [Casey] opposes the Roe decision and opposes the taxpayer funding of the [abortion] procedure. But like progressive abortion rights organizations, he supports Obamacare, access to contraception through programs such as Title X and funding for Planned Parenthood."[89]

In 2011, Casey was categorized by NARAL Pro-Choice America as "anti-choice" and was not endorsed in their election guide. That year, he voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, against H.R.1 and for cloture for the nomination of Goodwin Liu, earning him a 100% rating from NARAL.[97]

In 2017, Casey voted for legislation that would have overturned the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits foreign aid for organizations that provide or promote abortion.[98][99] Casey's vote for overturning that policy prompted pro-life activists to question his commitment to the pro-life cause.[99][100] Casey was criticized by National Right to Life for his 2017 vote against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.[101][89]

In 2015 and 2018, Casey joined two other Democrats (Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly) by voting for bills that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[102][103]

Birth control

In conjunction with his pro-life stance, Casey points to birth control as a tool to reduce the necessity of abortions. He has called on greater funding for access to birth control measures, specifically supporting Planned Parenthood's efforts in making contraception more open and accessible to women.[89]


In April 2019, Casey was one of forty-one senators to sign a bipartisan letter to the housing subcommittee praising the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 4 Capacity Building program as authorizing "HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations (CDCs) across the country" and expressing disappointment that President Trump's budget "has slated this program for elimination after decades of successful economic and community development." The senators wrote of their hope that the subcommittee would support continued funding for Section 4 in Fiscal Year 2020.[104]

Immigration laws

Casey supported the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348), a bill voted down in the 110th United States Congress, which would have provided a path to legal citizenship for undocumented persons currently residing in the United States. He also supported the Clinton amendment, the Menendez amendment, and the Alaska amendments.[105]

During the 2006 Senate race, Casey expressed support for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006.[106]

He voted to continue federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities."[107]

He took part in a Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Trump's January 2017 travel ban.[27] Leaving a black tie event Saturday night to join the protest, he tweeted: "I won't stand by as the promise of America is diminished."[108]

In May 2017, Casey, along with nine other senators and 13 members of the House of Representatives, requested in a letter to the Homeland Security Secretary, that they stop the detention of four children and their mothers at the Berks County Residential Center. Many of the families had been detained there without legal recourse for more than a year and a half. Casey also personally took to social media with impassioned appeals to the White House on behalf of a Honduran 5 year old and his 25-year-old mother being held at the same facility, and were now facing deportation. They had fled violence and death threats and sought asylum in the US back in 2015, but failed their credible fear interview. Attorneys have since been appealing their case, and the legal team was in the middle of the process of applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for the child when they were awakened at 3:30AM on May 3 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and put on a plane to Honduras. "This child and his mother deserved better from this Administration. They got the absolute worst," Casey remarked.[109][110]

In June 2019, Casey and six other Democratic senators were led by Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz in sending letters to the Government Accountability Office along with the suspension and debarment official and inspector general at the US Department of Health and Human Services citing recent reports that showed "significant evidence that some federal contractors and grantees have not provided adequate accommodations for children in line with legal and contractual requirements" and urged officials in the government to determine whether federal contractors and grantees are in violation of contractual obligations or federal regulations and should thus face financial consequences.[111]

Judicial nominees

He expressed support for the confirmation of both John Roberts[112] and Samuel Alito[113] for seats on the Supreme Court of the United States; these judges were believed to be in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Casey voted for the confirmation of both Sonia Sotomayor[114] and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States.[115]

In March 2017, Casey voted against confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, citing "real concerns" with Gorsuch's "rigid and restrictive" judicial philosophy, and some of his past opinions on issues relating to the health and safety of workers and the rights of those with disabilities.[116] He also voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.[117]

LGBT rights

Casey voted for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.[118][119]

Casey, a longtime supporter of civil unions, stated his support for same-sex marriage on April 1, 2013.[120][121] He also supports the adoption of children by same-sex couples.[44]

In June 2019, Casey was one of eighteen senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting an explanation of a decision by the State Department to not issue an official statement that year commemorating Pride Month nor issue the annual cable outlining activities for embassies commemorating Pride Month. They also questioned why the LGBTI special envoy position had remained vacant and asserted that "preventing the official flying of rainbow flags and limiting public messages celebrating Pride Month signals to the international community that the United States is abandoning the advancement of LGBTI rights as a foreign policy priority."[122]

Electoral history

Casey speaking at Abington High School in support of Sen. Barack Obama, October 2008
Casey speaking at Abington High School in support of Sen. Barack Obama, October 2008
Pennsylvania Auditor General Primary Election, 1996[123][124]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 252,645 34.6% N/A
Democratic Tom Foley 242,190 33.2% N/A
Democratic Bill Lloyd 128,500 17.6% N/A
Democratic Sandra Miller 105,868 14.5% N/A
Majority 10,455 1.4% N/A
Turnout 729,203 −32.2%
Pennsylvania Auditor General Election, 1996[125][126][127]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 2,367,760 56.1% +10.8%
Republican Bob Nyce 1,706,835 40.4% −10.7%
Libertarian Sharon Shepps 103,234 2.4% −1.2%
Constitution Robert Lord 43,487 1.1% N/A
Majority 514,204 12.2% +9.8%
Turnout 4,221,316 65.3% −1.0%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Pennsylvania Auditor General Election, 2000[126][128]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. (inc.) 2,651,551 56.8% +0.7%
Republican Katie True 1,862,934 39.9% −0.5%
Green Anne Goeke 62,642 1.3% N/A
Libertarian Jessica Morris 41,967 0.9% −2.1%
Constitution John Rhine 23,971 0.5% −0.5%
Reform James Blair 21,476 0.5% N/A
Majority 638,561 13.6% +1.4%
Turnout 4,664,541 63.1% −2.2%
Democratic hold Swing
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Primary Election, 2002[129][130][131]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ed Rendell 702,442 56.5% N/A
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 539,794 43.5% N/A
Majority 162,648 13.1% N/A
Turnout 1,242,236 28.0% +13%
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Election, 2004[126][132]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 3,353,489 61.3% +14.1%
Republican Jean Craige Pepper 1,997,951 36.5% −12.8%
Libertarian Darryl Perry 61,238 1.1% −0.4%
Green Paul Teese 40,740 0.7% −0.8%
Constitution Max Lampenfeld 20,406 0.4% −0.5%
Majority 1,233,154 22.5% +24.0%
Turnout 5,473,824 68.9% +5.8%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Primary Election, 2006[133][134]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 629,271 84.5% N/A
Democratic Chuck Pennacchio 66,364 8.9% N/A
Democratic Alan Sandals 48,113 6.5% N/A
Democratic Others 1,114 0.1% N/A
Majority 513,680 68.9% N/A
Turnout 744,862 +1.3%
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Election, 2006[135][136][137]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. 2,392,984 58.7% +15.2%
Republican Rick Santorum (inc.) 1,684,778 41.3% −17.4%
Majority 708,206 17.3% +10.4%
Turnout 4,077,762 41.8% +3.0%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing −24.4
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Primary Election, 2012[138]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. (inc.) 565,488 80.9% N/A
Democratic Joseph Vodvarka 133,683 19.1% N/A
Majority 431,805 61.8% N/A
Turnout 699,171 −6.1%
United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2012[139]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. (inc.) 3,021,364 53.7% −4.9%
Republican Tom Smith 2,509,114 44.6% +3.3%
Libertarian Rayburn Smith 96,926 1.7% +1.7%
Majority 512,250 9.1% -
Turnout 5,627,404
Democratic hold Swing −4.9%
United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2018[140]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert P. Casey, Jr. (inc.) 2,792,437 55.7% +2.0%
Republican Lou Barletta 2,134,848 42.6% -2.0%
Libertarian Dale Kerns 50,907 1.0% -0.7%
Green Neal Gale 31,208 0.6% N/A
Democratic hold Swing


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Craig Lewis
Democratic nominee for Auditor General of Pennsylvania
1996, 2000
Succeeded by
Jack Wagner
Preceded by
Catherine Baker Knoll
Democratic nominee for Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Rob McCord
Preceded by
Ron Klink
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
(Class 1)

2006, 2012, 2018
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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Hafer
Auditor General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Jack Wagner
Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Robin Wiessmann
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Rick Santorum
 U.S. senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: Arlen Specter, Pat Toomey
Preceded by
Claire McCaskill
Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee
Succeeded by
Susan Collins
Preceded by
Susan Collins
Chair of the Senate Aging Committee
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Sherrod Brown
United States senators by seniority
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Amy Klobuchar
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