Robert P. Casey Jr., Democrat of Pennsylvania, won re-election to the United States Senate in November 2012 after first being elected to the Senate in 2006.
Casey serves on five Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee. He serves as chairman of the Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Senator Casey has introduced two landmark bills to increase access to early childhood education and reverse the chronic underfunding of child care. He was a strong supporter of the law that expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program which was signed into law in February 2009 to provide health care coverage to more than 14 million American children. During debate on the new health care law, Senator Casey helped to include a number of provisions to protect and improve health care for children. Senator Casey has been recognized with numerous awards for his work benefiting children including the Champion for Children Award from First Focus, Children’s Champion Award from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) Champion for Young Children Award.
Senator Casey is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received his law degree from Catholic University of America. He and his wife have four children and live in Scranton.