Casey to receive Friend of Penn State award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, will receive the ninth annual Friend of Penn State legislative award this year for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State. 

Casey is the first U.S. senator to receive the award and will be honored June 23 at a luncheon ceremony on Penn State's University Park campus.

Since 2006, the award has been presented annually by the Penn State Alumni Association. Casey was named the 2014 award recipient by the Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee of Alumni Council, the Alumni Association's governing body. He was nominated by Penn State’s College of Engineering.

During the past two years, the award went to two Pennsylvania members of the U.S. Congress — last year to U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Fifth District, and in 2012 to former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, D-17th District. Previous awards went to members of the Pennsylvania legislature.

Casey is Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator and the eldest son of the late Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey. First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Casey began his first term in 2007 and his second term last year. He is an active supporter of Penn State, particularly in areas of research and student achievement.

His efforts to secure funding for building energy research and health research have greatly benefited Penn State’s research enterprise. In addition, his acknowledgement of student achievement provides his colleagues around the nation and constituents in Pennsylvania with awareness of excellence among Penn State students outside the classroom.

Before joining the Senate, Casey served as Pennsylvania’s auditor general for eight years and as state treasurer for two years. During that time, he compiled a record that focused on making government more accountable and responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians.

As Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator, Casey has made it his top priority to work to help create and incentivize the creation of family-sustaining jobs and to help workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Casey currently serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight on the Finance Committee, and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety on the Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He is a member of the Joint Economic Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Special Committee on Aging and the National Security Working Group.

In early 2007, Casey was one of the first senators to call for a fast response to the mortgage crisis that was sweeping the country and helped secure funding for programs to keep people in their homes and to protect against further declines in property value.

Casey is the co-chair of the Senate’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Caucus and a member of the National Security Working Group. He is a leader in promoting nuclear security and combating the threat posed by terrorists obtaining nuclear material.

Born and raised in Scranton, Pa., Casey graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1982. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 1988 and entered the practice of law in Scranton.

Casey and his wife, Terese, were married in 1985 and live in Scranton. They have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena.

A list of past recipients is below, and for more information on past honorees, click here

U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Class of 1981
U.S. Rep. Tim Holden
State Rep. Samuel H. Smith, Class of 1978
State Rep. Richard A. Geist, Class of 1965
State Rep. Matt Baker
State Rep. Mike Hanna
State Rep. Tom Killion, Class of 1979
State Rep. Jess Stairs, Class of 1964, 1966 and 1969 (graduate degree)
State Sen. Jake Corman, Class of 1993
State Rep. Lynn Herman

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Last Updated June 18, 2014