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Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey Jr.’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Casey’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 4th most often compared to All Senators

11 of Casey’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress 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. 2154: Emergency Medical Services for Children ...; S. 2920: Nazi Social Security Benefits Termination ...; S. 2959: Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution urging the Government ...; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution commending the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Casey introduced 67 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 248 bills that Casey cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th 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. 17 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. 2251: Improving Care for Vulnerable Older ...; S. 2920: Nazi Social Security Benefits Termination ...; S.Res. 68: A resolution congratulating the Penn ...; S.Con.Res. 23: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...; S.Con.Res. 40: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Casey’s bills and resolutions had 411 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. 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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Held the 12th 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 (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Casey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 34% of Casey’s 67 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Casey introduced 5 bills in the 113th Congress 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. 2154: Emergency Medical Services for Children ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution urging the Government ...; S.Res. 447: A resolution recognizing the threats ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Casey missed 3.0% of votes (20 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Casey cosponsored 248 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 (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

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 the 113th Congress 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 (37th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Casey introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 1557: Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization ...; S. 2154: Emergency Medical Services for Children ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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).


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 the 113th Congress) 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.