Bob Casey Jr.
Robert Patrick Casey Jr. is an American attorney and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005 and as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2007. In 2002, Casey attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps by running for Governor of Pennsylvania, but was defeated in the Democratic primary.
About Bob Casey Jr. in brief
Robert Patrick Casey Jr. is an American attorney and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005 and as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2007. In 2002, Casey attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps by running for Governor of Pennsylvania, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by eventual general election victor Ed Rendell. Casey defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania. Casey was reelected in 2012 and 2018, becoming Pennsylvania’s first ever Democrat to win a third consecutive term in the Senate. Casey is the son of Ellen and Bob Casey, the 42nd governor of Pennsylvania and is of Irish descent. Casey and his wife Terese were married in 1985, and they have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena. Casey played basketball and graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978. He received his J. D. degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. In 2005, Casey received calls from U. S. Senator Chuck Schumer, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader. Casey’s re-election in 2012 was the highest margin of victory for a Democrat running for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania since James Abdnor unseated George McGovern by 18 points in 1980. He is the father of a son and a daughter-in-law, Elyse Casey and Caroline Casey, who are both attorneys and live in Philadelphia.
He has a brother and a sister, both of whom are also attorneys and reside in the city of Philadelphia. In 2004, Casey was term limited in his Auditor General position, and ran for State Treasurer. He was elected on a platform advocating government accountability and served from 2005 to 2007. Casey ran for and was elected Pennsylvania State Auditor General in 1996, and served for two terms, from 1997 to 2005. In a 2002 PoliticsPA feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, he was named the \”Most Likely to Succeed\”. Casey faced former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell in the 2002 Democratic primary election. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party threw their support behind Casey, whom they saw as a more electable candidate than Rendell, who won the nomination by winning only 10 out of 67 counties: Philadelphia and its suburbs, its Lehigh Valley exurbs, Lancaster County, and Centre County. In the 2004 election, Casey won the race with 59% of the vote, compared to 41% for incumbent Senator Rick Santorum, who was also unseated by James AbdNor in 1980 by 18-point margin. In 2008, Casey ran and was re-elected as Auditor General. In 2010, he ran and won the State Treasurer position for a second term, serving until 2011. In 2011, he served as State Treasurer for a third term, and was term-limited out of his position in 2004.