|Name||Bob Casey Jr.|
Scranton, Pennsylvania , United States
|| April 13, 1960
Apr 01, 2013 02:54pm
Caucasian - Irish - Moderate - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro- gun - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor - Pro-Life - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Robert Patrick Casey, Jr., also known as Bob Casey, Jr. or simply Bob Casey, is an American politician who belongs to the Democratic Party. He is the son of a former Governor of Pennsylvania, and he currently serves as State Treasurer of Pennsylvania. He assumed that office in January, 2005. |
Casey was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is a 1982 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and he received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Catholic University in 1988. Between college and law school, Casey spent a year teaching 5th grade and coaching basketball in inner city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Following law school, Casey practiced law in Scranton, until he was elected Pennsylvania State Auditor General in 1996. He served in this capacity for two terms, from 1997 to 2005. In 2002 he attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by running for Governor. However, he lost the Democratic primary to Ed Rendell, who went on to win the election.
In 2004, Casey ran for the position of State Treasurer. He won that race with more votes than any other candidate for statewide office in Pennsylvania history.
Casey is the son of the late Robert P. Casey, the 41st Governor of Pennsylvania. He married Terese in 1985, and they have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia, and Marena.
After he announced that he would run, Casey was almost immediately endorsed by Governor Rendell, his 2002 primary opponent. He would later be endorsed by two Democrats who had been mentioned as possible nominees: former Congressman Joe Hoeffel, who in 2004 had been the Democratic candidate for the state's other Senate seat, losing to Arlen Specter; and former State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, whom many in the pro-choice movement attempted to convince to run against Casey in the Democratic primary. Several months after Casey began his campaign, he was joined at a fundraiser by DNC Chair Howard Dean.
Casey, like his father, is a devout Catholic and personally opposes abortion. However, he has drawn fire from some Catholics over his support of capital punishment, which his father opposed. In addition, Casey parts ways with the national Democratic Party over a few other social issues, such as gun control.
However, Casey is not a total social conservative.
In a candidates’ questionnaire sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2004, Casey stated that he feels that “employers should be permitted to extend domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples in committed, long-term relationships.” He also explained that he opposes legislation prohibiting same sex couples from adopting children. This means that his views on gay rights are more favorable than those attributed to many conservative Catholics.
Casey is also more favorable towards stem cell research than the Catholic Church, and he is more supportive of birth control than his father was as governor. Indeed, in the Archdiocese survey, Casey expressed support for “requiring employers or health insurance plans to cover contraceptives in their prescription drug plans.” He also stated his support for “a provision in the state’s budget to fund contraceptive services.”
On economic and education issues, Casey is more reliably in line with the views commonly accepted for the Democratic Party. According to the candidates' questionnaire, Casey opposes school vouchers. He is also a known critic of President George W. Bush for cutting many social aid programs, and he opposes privatizing Social Security. Finally, he is skeptical of what he refers to as "unfair federal trade policies that are causing us to hemorrhage jobs."