U.S. Senator Bob Casey believes that “all public service is a trust, given in faith and accepted in honor.”
Since he was elected to the United States Senate in 2006, he has worked to create family sustaining jobs and foster financial security for Pennsylvania families; protect our children and invest in their futures; ensure safety at home and respect for America abroad; promote honesty and accountability in government; preserve the dignity of the vulnerable of all ages among us; and advocate for his constituents and help them solve problems they face.
Senator Casey has established a record of results on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania. He was the prime Senate sponsor of landmark legislation for individuals with disabilities, the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). ABLE accounts allow millions of families across the United States to save for the long-term care of their loved ones with a disability in a tax-advantage savings account. The Associated Press hailed this legislation as “the most important new law for [those with disabilities] in 25 years.”
Keeping our Promise to our Older Americans
Senator Casey is committed to helping middle class families make ends meet and save for retirement. He fights to protect Social Security and Medicare so that the federal government keeps its promise to older Americans. Senator Casey has worked to crack down on scams that target seniors, so that they can protect their hard-earned savings. He has also introduced legislation to ensure that older workers are not discriminated against based on their age.
Senator Casey has led efforts to improve care in nursing homes by expanding and strengthening oversight over poor-performing facilities while ensuring that nursing homes and long-term care facilities have the resources they need to provide high-quality care to residents. His work has led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to publicly release information about nursing facilities with a documented pattern of poor care, ensuring older adults and their families have the information they need to make decisions about long-term care.
Senator Casey is a leader in the fight to expand access to home care services for seniors and people with disabilities and strengthen the caregiving workforce. He believes every American should be able to live and age in the setting of their choice.
State Government Service and Senate Committees
In eight years as Pennsylvania Auditor General and two years as State Treasurer, Senator Casey compiled a record that focused on making government more accountable and responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians. He has been a fiscal watchdog who made nursing homes safer, child care more affordable and government more accountable.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, Senator Casey serves on three Senate Committees: Finance; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Intelligence. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Bob Casey graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1982 and spent the following year teaching fifth grade and coaching eighth grade basketball in inner city Philadelphia for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 1988 and entered the practice of law in Scranton.
Senator Casey and his wife, Terese, were married in 1985 and live in Scranton. They have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena.