Sen. Bob Casey Undergoes Successful Prostate Cancer Surgery

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Associated Press

February 15, 2023

Casey, the longest-serving Democratic US senator in Pennsylvania history, is expected to return to a normal schedule following recovery.

HARRISBURG — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer on Tuesday, and expects to return to a “normal schedule” after recovery, his office said.

“His doctor reports that, as expected, the procedure went well and he confirmed that the Senator should not require further treatment,” Casey’s office said.

Casey, 62, said last month that he had been diagnosed in December and that he had an “excellent prognosis.”

Serving his third term, Casey has not officially announced that he will run for a fourth term, but allies say he is making preparations and they expect him to run.

At 16 years in the Senate, Casey is already the longest-serving Democratic U.S. senator in Pennsylvania history.

Casey represents the commonwealth alongside fellow Democrat John Fetterman. This marks the first time Pennsylvania has had two senators elected as Democrats since the 1940s.

Casey is a key ally of labor unions and President Joe Biden. In the Senate, Casey has backed all of Biden’s top priorities and forged a close relationship with the president, at least in part because they share the same hometown of Scranton.

Keystone managing editor Patrick Berkery contributed to this story.

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