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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.)

(Defeated for other office)

District: 7th District
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, 2010; U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-11
Born: Dec. 12, 1951; Secane, Pa.
Residence: Edgmont
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Susan Clark-Sestak; one child
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. 1974; Harvard U., M.P.A. 1980; Harvard U., Ph.D. 1984
Military Service: Navy, 1974-2005
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term)
End of Service: Jan. 3, 2011
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Oversight & Investigations; Seapower & Projection Forces; Tactical Air & Land Forces); Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions); Small Business (Contracting & Workforce; Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access; Health and Technology)

Election History
2010generalPatrick Toomey (R) 2,028,94551.0
Joe Sestak (D) 1,948,71649.0
2008generalJoe Sestak (D) 209,95559.6
W. Williams (R) 142,36240.4
2006generalJoe Sestak (D) 147,89856.4
Curt Weldon (R) 114,42643.6
Roll Call Vitals


Pennsylvania is 10th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.