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Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey Jr.’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Pennsylvania
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Casey’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Casey’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators

8 of Casey’s bills and resolutions in 2013 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 313: ABLE Act of 2013; S. 403: Safe Schools Improvement Act of ...; S. 942: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; S. 1248: Flexibility for Working Families Act; S. 1557: Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization ...; S. 1687: Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution urging the Government ...; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution commending the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 of Casey’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 128: Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act; S. 313: ABLE Act of 2013; S. 502: Prepare All Kids Act of ...; S. 704: Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation ...; S. 759: Military Spouse Job Continuity Act ...; S. 875: Department of Veterans Affairs Disease ...; S. 942: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; S. 1055: National Program for Arts and ...; S. 1056: Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act ...; S. 1157: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 1495: Saracini Aviation Safety Act of ...; S. 1565: United States Call Center Worker ...; S.Res. 68: A resolution congratulating the Penn ...; S.Con.Res. 23: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Casey’s bills and resolutions had 290 cosponsors in 2013. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to All Senators

Casey introduced 48 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th top leader compared to All Senators

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Held the 13th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Casey held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Casey missed 2.1% of votes (6 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Casey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Casey’s 48 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Casey supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Casey 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Casey introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 782: Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion ...; S. 1557: Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution urging the Government ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Casey cosponsored 132 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Casey introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 132 bills that Casey cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.