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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.


OK, so the House wants to reform itself? Here’s what it should really do.

January 30, 2019
Early this month, on the opening day of the 116th Congress, something unusual happened: The House of Representatives took a step to reform itself. Legislators approved a package… Read More

House Democrats revealed their rules package. Here are the biggies.

January 2, 2019
Late Tuesday night, House Democrats unveiled a wide-ranging set of proposed rules changes. As expected, the changes concentrate on member ethics and corruption, but also touch on issues of… Read More

Congress in 2019: The 2nd most educated and least politically experienced House freshman class

December 28, 2018
As we outlined in an earlier article, the 116th Congress is going to look a lot different than its predecessors thanks to a younger, more female, less white new… Read More

Human capital and institutional decline in congressional appropriations committees

December 17, 2018
The new, divided Congress about to be seated in January will feature one of the most reform-minded freshman classes in recent congressional history. As Congress considers sweeping electoral and institutional… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

New R Sheet: Congressional Reorganization Acts

November 5, 2018
Click here for full report (PDF)… Read More