Robert R. Casey

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Robert Randolph Casey (July 27, 1915 – April 17, 1986) was a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was a Democrat from Texas.

Bob Casey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 22, 1976
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byRon Paul
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 24 (Houston)
In office
January 1949 – January 1951
Personal details
Robert Randolph Casey

(1915-07-27)July 27, 1915
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
DiedApril 17, 1986(1986-04-17) (aged 70)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Houston
South Texas College of Law
Representative Casey and other members of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics visited the Marshall Space Flight Center on January 3, 1962 to gather firsthand information of the nation's space exploration program.

Early lifeEdit

Casey was born in Joplin, Missouri, but moved to Houston, Texas, as a teenager, attending the city's San Jacinto High School. Casey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and Juris Doctor from the South Texas College of Law. In 1940, he was admitted to the bar set up a private practice in Alvin, Texas. Two years later, he became the city attorney.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 1943, Casey returned to Houston to become Harris County's assistant district attorney. Casey first ran for office in 1948 when he was able to earn a seat in the Texas House of Representatives. However, he chose not to run for reelection to this post, instead spending the next eight years as a Harris County Judge. He was also an administrator at South Texas College.

Casey was elected to the United States House in 1958 in the newly created 22nd district. He defeated the Republican Thomas Everton Kennerly, Sr. (1903-2000) by 43,660 (61.7%) to 23,317 (33%). [2] Kennerly was thereafter his party's gubernatorial nominee in 1966 against John B. Connally, Jr.

Casey was a member of the House Committee on Government Reform and the Committee on the Post Office and the Civil Service. In 1976, he left the House after his appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission by President Gerald R. Ford.[3] He later returned to the practice of law for several years prior to his death.

Casey died in Houston on April 17, 1986. He is buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.


The Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, housing the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas at 515 Rusk Street in Houston, is named after Bob Casey.


  1. ^ South Texas College of Law archives
  2. ^ Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections, Vol. 2, U.S. House, 6th ed. (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, Inc. 2010), p. 1260
  3. ^ House Committee Print (December 2010). A Concise History of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations.

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 24 (Houston)

1949 – 1951
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Ron Paul