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Casey Burgat

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

Casey Burgat is Governance Project senior fellow with the R Street Institute, where he researches and writes about congressional capacity and ways to make the First Branch of government work better.

Casey joined R Street in May 2017 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served in the Executive Branch Operations and the Congress & Judiciary sections. At CRS, he was responsible for responding to congressional requests about federal rulemaking, issues of congressional reform, the president’s role in federal budgeting, federal advisory committees and congressional staffing.

Casey previously ran a nonprofit in Colorado that focused on developing and enhancing an ethic of community service among high school students, culminating in an immersion trip to rural Guatemala where the students helped local communities construct primary schools.

He is a graduate of Arizona State University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He also has a master’s in political management from George Washington University and received his doctorate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, where his dissertation focused on the impacts of congressional staff.

Casey lives in Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood with his wife, Sara, their three-month-old daughter and a monster yellow lab named Yoshi.

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Examining the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed rules changes

November 27, 2018
In her bid to regain the Speaker’s gavel, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has been quietly meeting and assuaging members who were previously dead-set on opposing her nomination. And, in typical fashion,… Read More
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Special House rules explained

November 20, 2018
In teaching introductory legislative procedure, the House Rules Committee is justifiably given a fair amount of attention given its outsized role in determining policy consideration for the… Read More
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Freshman class of Congress is looking younger, more female: Today’s talker

November 13, 2018
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives and are currently projected to finish with about 234 seats to the Republicans’ 201. Once the dust settles, the freshman class is projected to… Read More
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Everything you want to know about the 2018 midterm House elections in 8 charts

November 7, 2018
You’re well aware the 2018 midterm elections took place, but you probably weren’t nuts enough to stay up to see the almost final results. Luckily for you, we were and… Read More
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The promise our next Speaker will make — and break

November 6, 2018
We don’t know which party will win the majority in tomorrow’s midterms, and so we don’t know who will take the Speaker’s gavel from the retiring Paul Ryan. But, here’s… Read More
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New R Sheet: Congressional Reorganization Acts

November 5, 2018
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New R Street policy paper: How young lawyers can help restore congressional capacity

October 17, 2018
Nearly eighty percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress does its job. Much of the blame can be attributed to its failure to substantively address many of the policy… Read More
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The who, what, when, where, and why of congressional campaign spending

September 25, 2018
In what will come as a shock to no congressional observer, congressional campaigns are getting more and more expensive. The 2000 election cycle, for example, saw House candidates spend a… Read More
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The House asked members for their ideas to make Congress work better. This is what they suggested

September 24, 2018
(Editor’s note: The post originally appeared on FixGov on September 21, 2018.) On September 13, the House Committee on Rules’ Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House held… Read More
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What’s in the FY2019 House Legislative Branch Appropriation?

September 12, 2018
On September 10th House and Senate Appropriations Committees announced details of the first of three FY2019 minibus appropriations packages after reaching a conference agreement on appropriations bills for Energy… Read More