facebook linkedin twitter

IL-06: Sean Casten (D)

About the District

Campaign Website

About Sean: 

Sean has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and masters’ degrees in engineering management and biochemical engineering, which helped inform his career in science and business. In 2007, Sean moved to Illinois to co-found Recycled Energy Development LLC, with a mission to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the recovery of otherwise wasted energy.

As a husband and father, Sean knows that nothing terrifies families more than the thought of their health care being jeopardized by the massive cuts supported by Donald Trump and Peter Roskam. Sean will fight to restore health care to the thousands of Illinoisans who now risk losing quality coverage or who may not be able to afford it. He has committed to help keep Medicare and Medicaid safe for future generations and fight any proposals that would reduce benefits for those who have contributed to securing their retirement.

Whether creating clean energy jobs, working with policymakers to find win-win solutions to our problems, or writing about the important work we must do to protect our planet, Sean Casten has never shied away from big challenges. We need him in Congress. Sean is on our side and will represent our values.

Their daughters, Gwen and Audrey, both attend public schools. The Castens understand the pivotal role of public education in preparing America’s children to compete in a global economy. Kara is a marketing professional and currently works for a global insurance company in Schaumburg.

Sean earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts School of Medicine in a laboratory investigating dietary impacts on colon and breast cancer.

In 1998, he earned a Masters of Engineering Management and a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. His M.S. thesis was focused on the development of technologies to produce fuel-grade ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks and the techno-economic evaluation of various alternative ethanol, heat, and power generation technologies.

From 1997 to 2000, Sean worked as a consultant in the energy practice of Arthur D. Little, where he worked for a broad range of public and private sector companies doing work to evaluate, design, and optimize a broad range of clean heat, power, and fuel technologies.

In 2000, Sean became the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a manufacturer of custom-built combined heat and power plants, all of which achieved at least double the fuel efficiency of the U.S. electric grid. Under Sean’s leadership, the company sold, installed, and commissioned over 70 distinct power plants throughout the Americas and Asia, with a primary focus on the U.S. industrial sector.

In 2007, Sean moved to Illinois to co-found Recycled Energy Development, LLC (“RED”), with a mission to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the recovery of otherwise wasted energy.

The biographical information above was sourced from the campaign website; see link above for more information.

Illinois

Pritzker: Illinois a 'Force for Good' by Cutting Carbon Gas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging... Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants. The legislation invests in the development of renewable solar... Read More

Democrats Set to OK New Legislative Maps Over Criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power.  Tuesday's vote is a do-over of maps... Read More

August 20, 2021
by Dan McCue
Justice Barrett Gives Green Light to Construction of Obama Presidential Center

CHICAGO -- A long running effort by local environmentalists to block construction of the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s... Read More

CHICAGO -- A long running effort by local environmentalists to block construction of the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park ended on Friday when Justice Amy Coney Barrett declined to intervene in the case. The environmentalists, who collectively call themselves “Protect Our Parks,” don’t... Read More

August 19, 2021
by Dan McCue
Illinois GOP Claims Census Data Proves New Maps Illegal

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete... Read More

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete in the spring are unconstitutional. The Census Bureau released the data Thursday, Aug. 12, months later than usual, due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

August 12, 2021
by Dan McCue
Chicago’s Top Doc Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was Super Spreader Event

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events,... Read More

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events, the weekly update from Chicago’s top medical official on Thursday was good news indeed -- the four-day Lollapalooza festival was no super-spreader event. Dr. Allison Arwady... Read More

June 29, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Chicago Tries To Jumpstart Housing For Black Community And Promote Equity

CHICAGO - The city unveiled a plan this week to build 250 new homes in North Lawndale, an area on... Read More

CHICAGO - The city unveiled a plan this week to build 250 new homes in North Lawndale, an area on the west side of Chicago.  The city has committed to sell 250 city-owned lots for $1 each, which the mayor's office has said will reduce construction... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top