Joe Sestak

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Joe Sestak
Congressman Sestak Official Congressional headshot.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania
2007 - 2011
High schoolCardinal O'Hara
Bachelor'sUnited States Naval Academy, 1974
Master'sHarvard University
Ph.D.Harvard University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of serviceJune 1974 – January 2006
Date of birthDecember 12, 1951
Net worth(2012)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Personal website
Joe Sestak (b. December 12, 1951) is running in the United States Senate election in Pennsylvania in 2016. He said, "We need senators who are American before they are partisan. The Senate needs an independent leader accountable only to 'We the People,' not any other interests ... a leader accountable for deeds, not intentions." He will face a rematch with Sen. Pat Toomey (R), whom he lost to in the 2010 Senate election.[1]

Sestak is a former member of the U.S. House. He represented Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District from 2007 to 2011.


Sestak served in the United States Navy from June 1974 through January 2006. During that time, he served as Director of Anti-Terrorism and became a three-star Admiral. From November 1994 through March 1997 he was Director of Defense Policy for the National Security Council. In 2006 he was elected to represent Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, where he served until 2011.[2]


  • Cardinal O'Hara High School
  • Bachelor's of Science - United States Naval Academy, 1974
  • Master's in public administration - Harvard University
  • Ph.D in political economy and government - Harvard University[3]



See also: United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2016

Sestak announced in May 2013 that he was exploring a second bid for U.S. Senate in 2016, having lost the election in 2010 to Republican Pat Toomey.[4] He officially declared his entrance into the race in March 2015.[5]

U.S. Senate race 2016 - Hypothetical match-up poll
Poll Joe Sestak Pat ToomeyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(May 30-June 4, 2013)
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See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2014

Sestak was considered a likely Democratic candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania, but he ultimately decided to pass on the race for a chance at the U.S. Senate in 2016.[6][1][7]


Sestak ran for United States Senate in 2010. He was defeated by Pat Toomey (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Toomey 51% 2,028,945
     Democratic Joe Sestak 49% 1,948,716
Total Votes 3,977,661

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