At a Glance
- Career History: District Attorney, Norfolk County (1998-2011); Senator, Massachusetts State Senate (1985-1998); Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives (1977-1984)
- Birthday: Sept. 6, 1952
- Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
- Alma Mater: Boston College, B.A. (1974), M.B.A. (1982); Suffolk University, J.D. (1985)
- Spouse: Tevis
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: House Foreign Affairs Committee , House Homeland Security Committee
- DC Office: 315 Cannon HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-3111Fax: (202) 225-5658
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Path To Power
Keating was born in Norwood, Mass., in 1952.
The son of a police officer, Keating paid his way through Boston College working for the local post office, earning his bachelor's in 1974.
Keating says he opposes deficit spending, contending that he would cut "wasteful" spending at the Pentagon, among other areas, while reallocating funds for job-creating programs such as alternative- energy development, a national high-speed rail system and improved energy efficiency for public buildings.
He said he supported findings from a task force led by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that pinpointed $1 trillion in defense funding that could be cut over a decade.
Keating wants legislation to create a nationwide prescription drug-monitoring program that would help stem addictions to medication such as OxyContin.
As a self-professed independent Democrat who took on party leadership at the state level, Keating didn't tout endorsements from nationally-known politicians during his 2010 House campaign. He did attend a fundraiser on Martha's Vineyard with Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.), who was up for reelection in 2010,.