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Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Casey’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 6th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Casey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 6th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Casey introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1252: Global Food Security Act of ...; S. 1878: Advancing Hope Act of 2016; S. 2815: United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act ...; S. 3016: Recovering Missing Children Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Held the 9th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 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 (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Casey introduced 73 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Casey cosponsored 314 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 (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Casey’s 73 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th 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 314 bills that Casey cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

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


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Casey’s bills and resolutions had 429 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (66th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Casey introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of ...; S. 1878: Advancing Hope Act of 2016; S. 2687: Plan of Safe Care Improvement ...; S.Res. 207: A resolution recognizing threats to ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Casey’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 311: Safe Schools Improvement Act of ...; S. 528: Empowering Parents and Students Through ...; S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of ...; S. 1512: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; S. 1852: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1896: Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of ...; S. 2687: Plan of Safe Care Improvement ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 882: BEST 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. 2593: United States Call Center Worker ...; S. 2703: ABLE Financial Planning Act; S. 2704: ABLE Age Adjustment Act; S. 2815: United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act ...; S. 3046: STURDY Act; S. 3236: BENES Act of 2016; S.Res. 98: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 249: A resolution honoring the Red ...; S.Res. 279: A resolution honoring the Red ...; S.Res. 393: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

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 114th Congress 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 (36th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Casey supported any of 22 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: DISCLOSE Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Casey missed 1.0% of votes (5 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Casey’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th 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 the 114th Congress) 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.