Casey Burgat is Governance Project 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 currently is pursuing his doctorate from the University of Maryland in American government, with a research focus on congressional staffing.
Casey lives in Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood with his wife, Sara, their three-month-old daughter and a monster yellow lab named Yoshi.