Current Position: US Representative for IL District 6 since 2019
Former Position(s): Renewable Energy Consultant from 1999 – 2019
You know the guy in your office who always misses deadlines and does shoddy work but when you press him he tells you how many hours he’s put in and wants to talk to you about how important it is he sticks to his process? That’s the US Senate.
US Rep Sean Casten joins WGN News at 5 to discuss Robinhood hearing
September 15, 2021 (Short)
Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten released the following statement in support of students and teachers facing intimidation from anti-mask protestors:
“I am so grateful for all our educators and public health officials who got us through a very difficult COVID year, managing transitions between in-person, hybrid and remote learning as we fought to curtail the spread of the virus before a vaccine was available. Sadly, their efforts continue to be politicized by that small but loud subset of people who find it politically useful to infect the public square with their hatred and fear. Our teachers deserve our respect and gratitude. Our children deserve a walk to school and learning environment free from political interference and transmissible disease. I would remind our teachers and students that the overwhelming majority of their neighbors support them, and I urge the protestors who do not to put science and respect for their neighbors above their short-term political interests.”
Utility Drive, – July 21, 2021 (Short)
- What do the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and climate change have in common? They’re all tied to a new campaign launched on the House floor Tuesday intended to boost FERC’s visibility on Capitol Hill.
- The “Hot FERC Summer” campaign, launched by Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., and supported by other Democratic members of Congress is a play on Stallion’s 2019 hit “Hot Girl Summer” — a move Casten’s office hopes will bring increased attention to FERC at a critical time for climate and clean energy policy.
- The commission is awaiting a nominee from the White House to fill Commissioner Neil Chatterjee’s soon-to-be-empty seat. In the meantime Casten and his colleagues are introducing a trio of FERC-related bills, including one that could open the door for FERC to implement a carbon price, according to Casten.
Source: Government page
As a scientist, clean energy entrepreneur and CEO, and now as a Member of Congress representing the western suburbs of Chicago, Congressman Sean Casten has dedicated his life to fighting climate change. Casten draws upon his previous private sector experience in Congress to craft market-based solutions to reduce emissions while creating jobs and spurring economic growth.
Casten serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and is the Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets. He also serves as Co-Chair on the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force.
Rep. Casten has a Master of Engineering Management and a Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he did fundamental research in thermophilic fermentation technology to produce cellulosic ethanol and engineering analyses of integrated ethanol, heat and power plants.
Casten worked as a clean energy consultant and manager at Arthur D. Little then served as the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, which focused on utilizing energy recycling technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by generating heat and power from previously wasted energy. In 2006, Casten co-founded Recycled Energy Development (RED), which focused on recycling wasted energy and converting energy facilities to cleaner, more economic uses.
Casten was a founding chairman of the Northeast CHP Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization with a mission to advance policies that favor energy efficiency in the Northeast United States.
While working diligently in Washington on behalf of Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, Rep. Casten is also committed to keeping in close contact with his constituents To date, he has held over 50 town halls and over 400 community events.
- New Democrat Coalition
- Animal Protection
- LGBT Equality
- Freshman Working Group on Addiction
- Future of Transportation
- Grid Innovation
- House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC)
- Rare Disease
- Ethylene Oxide
- Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
- Digital Citizenship Task Force
- Great Lakes Task Force
He is also a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force and a member of their Health Care Task Force.
Wed. from 9:00am-4:30pm and by appointment
Sean Thomas Casten (born November 23, 1971) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district. The district covers portions of five counties in Chicago‘s western suburbs, including Wheaton, Palatine, and Barrington.
Early life and education
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in Hartsdale, New York, Casten earned a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1993. He then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts University School of Medicine. In 1998, he earned a Master of Engineering Management and a Master of Science in biochemical engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Casten began his career working at consultancy Arthur D. Little, where he did fuel chain analyses for the company’s chemical engineering group. From 2000 to 2007, he served as the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, which converted emissions from power plants into energy.
In 2007, Casten and his father, Tom Casten, founded Recycled Energy Development (RED). RED focused on recycling wasted energy and converting energy facilities to cleaner, more economic uses. RED attempted to make profitable use of waste heat capturing technology, an avenue of electricity generation that attracted interest from a number of startup companies looking to find a “breakthrough” in the technology. In 2015, an investor in RED sued the company, alleging mismanagement by Casten. Casten settled the lawsuit and sold the company in 2016; he said the allegations against him were untrue and were part of a hostile takeover attempt.
Casten was a founding chairman of the Northeast CHP Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization with a mission to advance policies that favor energy efficiency in the northeast United States. He also participated in crafting the bill that became the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program in the northeast United States that attempts to use market forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
U.S. House of Representatives
Casten announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Illinois’s 6th congressional district in September 2017. He defeated six other contenders in the 2018 Democratic primary to become the party’s nominee against six-term incumbent Republican Peter Roskam.
On November 6, 2018, Casten won the election, defeating Roskam by a margin of seven points.
This race was viewed as one that Democrats needed to win in order to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since the 2010 elections. Illinois’s 6th congressional district supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by about 7 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election. This was one of 25 GOP-held seats in the U.S. Representatives that Clinton carried in 2016; Democrats flipped 23 of them in 2018. Upon his swearing-in, Casten became the first Democrat to represent this district since it assumed its present configuration in 1949. The district had been numbered as the 10th from 1949 to 1967, and has been the 6th since 1967. The district is best known as the seat of former House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde, who held it from 1973 until handing it to Roskam upon his retirement in 2007.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
|Democratic||Becky Anderson Wilkins||4,001||5.97|
|Republican||Peter J. Roskam (incumbent)||146,445||46.42|
|Democratic||Sean Casten (incumbent)||82,909||100.00|
|Democratic||Sean Casten (incumbent)||213,777||52.82|
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
House Financial Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
- Taskforce on Artificial Intelligence
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Environment
- Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight