ENG: William Richard "Bill" Keating (born September 6, 1952) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 9th congressional district. Born and raised in Norwood, Massachusetts, after college he went on to earn his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor.
A member of the Democratic Party, prior to being elected to Congress he was elected to both chambers of the Massachusetts General Court: serving in the House from 1977 to 1985, and the Senate from 1985 to 1999. He also served as the District Attorney of Norfolk County from 1999 to 2011.
After winning election in 2010 to the 10th district, due to census redistricting which would have placed him in competition against a fellow Representative, in 2012 he chose to run in the "incumbent-free" 9th district, where he was successfully elected.
Early life, education, and law career
Keating was born in Norwood, Massachusetts in 1952 to Anna (née Welch) and William B. Keating. Graduating from Sharon High School, Keating enrolled in Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1974, and his Masters of Business Administration in 1982.
In 1985 Keating earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and passed the bar exam. Keating later became a partner at the law firm of Keating & Fishman.
Massachusetts politics - General Court - House of Representatives
In 1977 Keating was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 19th Norfolk district, where he served for a year, and was later elected from the 8th Norfolk district, serving from 1979 to 1984. While serving, Keating voted in favor of making discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal and supported gay marriage rights in Massachusetts.
In 1985, Keating was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate, where he served from multiple districts: Norfolk and Suffolk (1985–1988); Norfolk and Bristol (1989–1994); Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth (1995–1998).
In 1994 Keating led a group of liberals in a failed coup to remove state Senate President William Bulger, a fellow Democrat, from his position. Keating's campaign failed, but said during his 2010 election campaign: "The thought that I took on the most powerful person in Massachusetts, risking my whole career, a member of my own party, is something that is resonating in this campaign, that helps define me as independent." Keating served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Taxation, and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Criminal Justice; he also served as the Senate Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee.
From 1999 to 2011, Keating was the District Attorney (DA) of Norfolk County, Massachusetts. While in this post his office established the Foxborough-based Norfolk Advocacy Center, public-private partnership whose mission is to aid abused children.
His office was the first in Massachusetts to win a murder conviction in a case that lacked a victim’s body.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections
On September 14, 2010 Keating won the Democratic primary for Massachusetts's 10th congressional district, with incumbent Bill Delahunt choosing to retire. Keating won the general election, defeating Republican Jeff Perry and two independents.
With the state poised to loose a congressional seat after the 2010 census, on November 7, 2011 lawmakers released a redistricting plan which placed Keating into the same congressional district as Stephen Lynch. Under the plan, the cities of Quincy and other upper South Shore towns were placed into Lynch's district, potentially forcing a primary between the two lawmakers. Instead of campiagning against his fellow Congressman, Keating chose to move to his summer home in Cape Cod, to run in an "incumbent-free" district.
Keating defeated Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter in the September 6 Democratic primary, and in November 2012 he defeated Republican Christopher Sheldon to win a second term in the U.S. House.
Keating and his wife Tevis live in Bourne, Massachusetts. They have two children: Kristen and Patrick.
February 12, 2013