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Rep. William Keating

Representative for Massachusetts’s 9th District

pronounced WIL-yum // KEE-ting

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.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 2011 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Keating.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

William Keating sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Keating was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Keating sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (24%) International Affairs (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Health (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Native Americans (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Keating’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Keating voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Keating voted Aye

Passed 241/179 on Jul 23, 2015.

The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009) would end funding from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to state or local governments ...

Keating voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for ...

Keating voted Aye

Passed 225/152 on Jun 1, 2015.

H.R. 1335 would: - Double the amount of time an emergency regulation can adjust a fishery management plan. - Add economic impact to "fishing communities" ...

Keating voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Keating voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Keating voted Aye

Keating voted No

Passed 325/91 on Dec 5, 2013.

Keating voted Nay

Keating voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Keating voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Sep 2019, Keating missed 214 of 5,885 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: