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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: September 6, 1952, Norwood, MA

Home: Bourne, MA

Education: Boston Col., B.A. 1974; M.B.A. 1982; Suffolk U., J.D. 1985.

Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1999-2010.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Roman Catholic

Family: Married (Tevis) , 2 children

Democrat William Keating, who won the open seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt in 2010, is a former prosecutor who has put his experience to work on homeland security issues. He also has been active in trying to expand maritime-related economic development in Massachusetts’ coastal areas.

Keating’s father was a police officer and later a veterans’ services agent who assisted former soldiers with service-related disabilities. Keating put himself through Boston College by working at a post office. In 1977, at the age of 23, he was elected to the Massachusetts House. One of the first things Keating did was work on a law requiring smoke detectors in houses after a fire in a nearby town killed a family living in a house without detectors. In 1985, Keating was elected to the state Senate, eventually becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Taxation. He also was involved in environmental issues, sponsoring a bill to safeguard lakes and streams from pollutants by banning phosphates in household cleaners.

In 1998, Keating was elected district attorney for Norfolk County. Four years later, his office became the first in the state to win a murder conviction in the absence of a victim’s body. In that case, DNA evidence taken from a saw helped to convict Joseph D. Romano Jr. of murdering and dismembering his wife. Keating also worked to curb bullying in schools, a hot-button issue in the state after a teenage girl in western Massachusetts committed suicide after being bullied. He also set up facilities for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an issue that hit close to home; one of Keating’s uncles suffered from PTSD after World War II. And he helped create the Norfolk Advocates for Children, an organization for children who have been victimized by sexual assault.

Keating decided to run for Congress after Delahunt announced he would step down after seven terms. The district has been in Democratic hands for more than 30 years, but it is relatively marginal for Massachusetts. It gave Republican Sen. Scott Brown 60% of the vote in his upset victory over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2010 special election to fill the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat. Keating faced tea party-backed Republican Jeff Perry, a member of the state House.

After actively supporting the Democrats’ health care overhaul, Keating got help from Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, who said that Keating shared her husband’s commitment to universal health care. Keating also was generally supportive of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill, although he said he would have done it differently, doling out money “more slowly” and in a “more targeted” way. In contrast, Perry campaigned on a tea party platform calling for smaller government and smaller federal budgets. Part of Keating’s campaign strategy was to paint Perry, a police officer, as having a “troubled relationship with the truth,” pointing to a case in the 1990s in which an officer under Perry’s command was involved in illegal strip searches of teenage girls. Perry said he did not know about the searches at the time. In response to the attack ad, Perry’s campaign released a video of Wareham Police Chief Tom Joyce saying Perry was a good police officer.

Keating provided Democrats a rare moment of triumph on an otherwise dismal Election Night in 2010. He won with 45.6% of the vote to Perry’s 41.3%. Three other candidates divided the remaining votes.

Early in his first term in 2011, Keating grilled Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other department officials about failings in perimeter safety at airports. He also challenged the Transportation Security Administration on its overly aggressive searches of passengers and compared the two situations to “locking all the doors on your house but leaving the windows open.” He worked with Republican Michael McCaul of Texas to get a bill through the House in November 2012 setting up an independent review of Homeland Security’s management to ferret out waste and abuse.

He also joined with fellow Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey that year to urge that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission delay relicensing of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth until safety issues were addressed. Keating also has outlined a vision for the South Shore and South Coast’s potential as a major maritime industry center. He introduced a bill in 2011 calling for fines from New England fishermen to be sent to the New England Fishery Management Council.

Post-2010 redistricting led Keating to move from Quincy to his summer home in Bourne to run in the new district. After brushing off a Democratic primary challenge from Bristol County Attorney Samuel Sutter, Keating amassed an overwhelming financial advantage over his two general election rivals, Republican Christopher Sheldon and Independent Daniel Botelho. He won comfortably with 59% of the vote.

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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
William Keating
Votes: 140,100
Percent: 54.99%
John Chapman
Votes: 114,670
Percent: 45.01%
2012 GENERAL
William Keating
Votes: 212,754
Percent: 58.78%
Christopher Sheldon
Votes: 116,531
Percent: 32.2%
Daniel Botelho
Votes: 32,655
Percent: 9.02%
2012 PRIMARY
William Keating
Votes: 31,366
Percent: 59.14%
C. Samuel Sutter
Votes: 21,675
Percent: 40.86%
2010 GENERAL
William Keating
Votes: 132,743
Percent: 46.87%
Jeffrey Perry
Votes: 120,029
Percent: 42.38%
Maryanne Lewis
Votes: 16,705
Percent: 5.9%
2010 PRIMARY
William Keating
Votes: 29,953
Percent: 51.11%
Robert O'Leary
Votes: 28,656
Percent: 48.89%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (47%)

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