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Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey Jr.’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Pennsylvania
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Casey’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Ranked the 7th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

5 of Casey’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 311: Safe Schools Improvement Act of ...; S. 528: Empowering Parents and Students Through ...; S. 1512: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; S. 1852: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1896: Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

Casey introduced 49 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Was 9th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Casey missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Casey’s bills and resolutions had 324 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Casey introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 207: A resolution recognizing threats to ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 17th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 184 bills that Casey cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Casey introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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).

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.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 210: Military Spouse Job Continuity Act ...; S. 911: Saracini Aviation Safety Act of ...; S. 1352: Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship ...; S. 1852: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2196: A bill to amend title ...; S.Res. 249: A resolution honoring the Red ...; S.Res. 279: A resolution honoring the Red ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Casey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 31% of Casey’s 49 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

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. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Casey cosponsored 184 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 (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (68th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Casey supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Casey 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Casey cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (34th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.