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  Casey, Jr., Bob
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2013-01-01  
 
NameBob Casey, Jr.
Address
Scranton, Pennsylvania , United States
Emailbobcasey@bobcasey.campaignoffice.com
Websitehttp://www.bobcasey.com/
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Born April 13, 1960
Died Still Living (54 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifiedPaul
Oct 25, 2013 06:08pm
Tags 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 -
InfoRobert 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."


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
11/22/2013-11/25/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 8.0) 42.00% ( 6.0) 15.00% ( 13.0)
04/19/2013-04/24/2013 Quinnipiac University 48.00% ( 4.0) 34.00% ( 2.0) 18.00% ( 3.0)
01/22/2013-01/27/2013 Quinnipiac University 44.00% ( 7.0) 36.00% ( 7.0) 21.00% ( 1.0)
11/01/2012-11/03/2012 Muhlenberg College 38.00% ( 6.0) 37.00% ( 2.0) 25.00% ( 8.0)
10/10/2012-10/14/2012 Muhlenberg College 32.00% ( 1.0) 35.00% ( 4.0) 33.00% ( 3.0)
09/22/2012-09/26/2012 Muhlenberg College 33.00% ( 12.0) 31.00% ( 1.0) 36.00% ( 13.0)
07/21/2012-07/23/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 36.00% ( 4.0) 36.00% ( 2.0) 28.00% ( 2.0)
06/05/2012-06/10/2012 Quinnipiac University 51.00% ( 5.0) 29.00% ( 1.0) 20.00% ( 4.0)
03/23/2012-04/01/2012 Muhlenberg College 45.00% ( 9.0) 32.00% ( 8.0) 23.00% ( 1.0)
11/28/2011-12/07/2011 Muhlenberg College 54.00% ( 6.0) 24.00% ( 2.0) 22.00% ( 4.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
11/01/2012-11/03/2012 Muhlenberg College 39.00% ( 5.0) 37.00% ( 4.0) 25.00% ( 9.0)
10/01/2012-10/05/2012 Siena Research Institute 40.00% ( 5.0) 34.00% ( 4.0) 26.00% ( 0.0)
09/22/2012-09/26/2012 Muhlenberg College 34.00% ( 5.0) 33.00% ( 4.0) 34.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 01, 2013 02:00pm News Sen. Casey Backs Marriage Equality  Article karin1492 
Apr 01, 2013 11:00am Satire Senator Unibrow Calls for End to Bullying  Article Scott³ 
Mar 27, 2013 08:00pm News Casey Holds Off on Gay Marriage Support  Article Scott³ 
Aug 08, 2011 09:15am Opinion Sen. Bob Casey is worthless  Article Scott³ 
Sep 03, 2009 03:00pm News (Sen. Bob) Casey camp denies Q&A was rigged at East Stroudsburg University  Article Scott³ 
Feb 26, 2009 03:00pm Statement Limbaugh: When it comes to economics, Casey is an ‘order of fries short of a Happy Meal’…  Article Scott³ 

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FAMILY
Father Robert P. Casey, Sr. 1932-2000
Brother Christopher H. Casey 1960-
Brother Patrick R. "Pat" Casey 1965-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  01/03/2013 Joint Economic Committee Chairman Lost 0.00% (+0.00%)
  11/06/2012 Agriculture Committee Seat 5 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 PA US Senate Won 53.69% (+9.10%)
  04/24/2012 PA US Senate - D Primary Won 80.88% (+61.76%)
  01/03/2009 Seat 08 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2007 Seat 09 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 PA US Senate Won 58.64% (+17.35%)
  05/16/2006 PA US Senate - R Primary Lost 0.01% (-99.96%)
  05/16/2006 PA US Senate - D Primary Won 84.48% (+75.57%)
  11/02/2004 PA Treasurer Won 61.26% (+24.76%)
  04/27/2004 PA State Treasurer - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/21/2002 PA Governor- D Primary Lost 43.80% (-12.41%)
  11/07/2000 PA Auditor Won 56.84% (+16.91%)
  11/05/1996 PA Auditor Won 56.09% (+15.66%)
  04/23/1996 PA Auditor General-D Primary Won 34.65% (+1.43%)
ENDORSEMENTS
US Secretary of the Interior - Apr 10, 2013 D Sally Jewell
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 N John Brennan
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 05, 2010 D Elena Kagan
PA US Senate - D Primary - May 18, 2010 D Arlen Specter
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Deputy Attorney General - Mar 12, 2009 NPA Reject
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
PA State Senate 17 - D Primary - Apr 22, 2008 D Daylin B. Leach
PA US President - D Primary - Apr 22, 2008 D Barack Obama
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 R Samuel A. Alito, Jr.