Keating is the representative for Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Keating is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 2011 to 2012.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Keating.
Keating is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Keating has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
William Keating sits on the following committees:
Keating was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 2062 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 45 Meetinghouse Lane in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, as the “Matthew A. Pucino Post Office”.
Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Keating sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (32%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Health (5%) Native Americans (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)
Some of Keating’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1111: Supporting the people of Belarus and their democratic aspirations and condemning the election ...
- H.R. 8047: DUAL IG Act
- H.R. 7215: Civil Deployment Notification Act of 2020
- H.Res. 894: Expressing the continued commitment of the House of Representatives to condemn and prevent ...
- H.Res. 837: Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat anti-Semitism in Europe.
- H.Res. 759: Expressing that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the ...
- H.Res. 683: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification ...
From Jan 2011 to Sep 2020, Keating missed 221 of 6,247 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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