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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 2018.

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 2017 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. 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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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 (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Health (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) International Affairs (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Keating’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5895: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
Jun 8, 2018. Passed 235/179.
H.R. 5895 provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies. This ...
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
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 that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Aye H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed 247/178.
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 intelligence-related agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was passed ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 3309 (113th): Innovation Act
Dec 5, 2013. Passed 325/91.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea S. 990 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
May 26, 2011. Passed 250/153.
Yea H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 17, 2011. Passed 279/143.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Jul 2018, Keating missed 123 of 5,224 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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