William Keating (D-Mass.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

After over three decades in Massachusetts politics, Keating was elected in 2010 as the successor seven-term Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) in Massachusetts' 10th district.

Keating called himself an independent Democrat during his campaign and often cited his failed 1994 plot to unseat the powerful Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger (D). After his time in the state legislature, Keating served as Norfolk County's district attorney, which also served as a stepping stone to Congress.

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William Keating (D-Mass.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)


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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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  • Web site (Campaign site)

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.

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The Issues

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.

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The Network

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,.


Additional Resources

  1. Braude, Jim, "Bill Keating: Campaign is about trust" NECN, Sept. 27, 2010
  2. AP, "Keating retains long-heled Democratic seat," Nov. 2, 2010
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  4. Still II, David, "10th Congressional District - Bill Keating, D-Quincy" The Barnstable Patriot, Sept. 9, 2010
  5. Bailey, Michael C., "Congress - William R. Keating (D)" The Enterprise, Aug. 26, 2010
  6. "COMMENTARY: Social Security must be protected" GateHouse News Service, Sept. 11, 2010
  7. Conley, Cathy, "William Keating: Get people back to work" Wicked Local, Sept. 1, 2010
  8. Kelly, John P., "Five candidates hope to succeed U.S. Rep. Delahunt" The Patriot Ledger, May 29, 2010
  9. "BILL KEATING, Quincy: Our nation needs rebuilding" GateHouse News Service, Sept. 13, 2010
  10. Conley, Cathy, "10TH CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES: Democrat William Keating" GateHouse News Service, Sept. 6, 2010
  11. Seccombe, Mike, "Meet Bill Keating: Independent Democrat" Vineyard Gazette, Oct. 8, 2010
  12. Finucane, Martin and Milton Valencia, "Perry, Keating win 10th District nominations" The Boston Globe, Sept. 14, 2010
  13. Wirzbicki, Alan, "Former boss now backs Perry" The Boston Globe, Oct. 8, 2010
  14. Kelly, John P., "Keating: Less military spending, more alternative-energy investment needed" The Patriot Ledger, Sept. 2, 2010
  15. Brennan, George, "Jeff Perry calls Cape Wind 'job killer'" Cape Cod Times, Oct. 9, 2010
  16. Brennan, George, "Keating: Control prescription drugs" Cape Cod Times, Sept. 22, 2010
  17. Chesto, Jon, "Political campaigns add bite to Cape Wind opposition" The Patriot Ledger, Aug. 21, 2010
  18. Brennan, George, "Keating, O'Leary air differences at debate" Cape Cod Times, Aug. 31, 2010
  19. "Bill's Background" Bill Keating for U.S. Congress
  20. "ELECTION 2010: Keating, Perry top list of big winners in primary race" The Patriot Ledger, Sept. 15, 2010
  21. "Oct. 5, 2010: Bill Keating" WGBH
  22. Walker, Adrian, "A different politician" The Boston Globe, Aug. 28, 2010
  23. "10th Congressional District Candidate Profile: Democratic candidate Bill Keating" GateHouse News Service, Sept. 12, 2010