ENG: Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr. (born April 13, 1960) is the junior United States Senator from Pennsylvania and a member of the Democratic Party. When Arlen Specter's term expires in January 2011, Casey will become the senior senator from Pennsylvania. He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 U.S. Senate election. He is the first Democrat elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania since 1962.
Before his election to the U.S. Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2002 gubernatorial election.
Senate, Casey served as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2006. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005. He was an unsuccessful candidate for
Casey, the son of former Governor Bob Casey, Sr., is a native of Scranton, and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Catholic University of America.
Though registered as a Democrat, Casey is said to have a more conservative viewpoint on politics than most Democrats.
2006 U.S. Senate race
In 2005, Casey received calls from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as U.S. Senate Minority Leader. Both men asked him to run for U.S. Senate in 2006. On March 5, 2005, Casey announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for the Senate race. Casey's run for the Senate was his fifth statewide campaign in nine years.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the
After he announced that he would run, Casey was almost immediately endorsed by Governor Ed Rendell, his primary election opponent from 2002. He was endorsed by two Democrats who had been mentioned as possible U.S. Senate nominees: former Congressman Joe Hoeffel who ran against Pennsylvania's other Senator, Arlen Specter, in 2004, and former State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, whom many in the pro-choice movement attempted to convince to run against Casey in the Democratic primary.
In the Democratic primary, Casey faced two Democrats with more liberal viewpoints: college professor Chuck Pennacchio and pension lawyer Alan Sandals. Both argued that Casey's views on abortion and other social issues were too conservative for most Pennsylvania Democrats. However, Casey easily defeated both challengers in the May 16th primary, receiving 85% of the vote.
On election night, Casey won the race with 59% of the vote, compared to 41% for incumbent Senator Rick Santorum. Casey's margin of victory was the highest ever for a Democrat running for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania.
Casey's 17.4-point victory margin was the largest victory margin for a challenger to an incumbent Senator since James Abdnor unseated George McGovern by 18.8 points in 1980.
Casey is the first Pennsylvania Democrat elected to a full term in the Senate since Joseph S. Clark was reelected in 1962.
2012 Senate race
Casey is up for re-election in 2012, and has stated that he intends to seek a second term in the Senate.