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State of Pennsylvania November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Joe Sestak

Candidate for
United States Senator

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Joe Sestak was elected to Congress in 2006 to represent the 7th Congressional District where he was born and raised. During a distinguished 31-year career in the United States Navy, Joe attained the rank of 3-star Admiral and served in the White House, Pentagon, and in operational commands at sea. He is the senior military veteran, and the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to either branch of Congress. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and later earned a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. After retiring from the Navy, Joe returned home to Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Alex, and proudly represents the 7th District, where his mom and many of his seven siblings still reside.

Joe is the son of a first-generation American, a decorated World War II veteran who rose to be a U.S. Navy Captain. Following in his father's footsteps, Joe went to U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated second in his class, before embarking on a career of military service. He served as President Bill Clinton's Director for Defense Policy in the White House, oversaw the Navy's $70 billion warfare budget as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and led a series of commands at sea, culminating in command of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (30 ships, 100 aircraft, and 15,000 Sailors, Marines & SEALs) during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In our time of national crisis in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Navy turned to Joe Sestak to head "Deep Blue," the Navy anti-terrorism unit formed in response to the attacks.

Joe is running for Senate because he believes we must restore the promise to our children that they will have the opportunity based upon their talents to do even better than their parents. People in powerful positions have forgotten that the great American Dream is not about getting ahead, but rather creating a better America for the next generation and inspiring them to do the same. For the first time in history, that great compact between today's and tomorrow's generation has been broken. Joe believes we must restore hard work, honesty, and accountability to Washington DC to address the challenges we face and during his short time in Congress, he has delivered.

Since taking office in 2006, Joe has been named the most productive member in his legislative class. He is one of the few representatives to serve on three committees, serving as Vice Chair of the Small Business Committee, and a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Armed Services Committee. In the current Congress he has had more of his bills pass than either of the state's two Senators, and is among the top five members of Congress in the number of bills and resolutions he has co-sponsored + a record of achievement that is unsurpassed in the entire Pennsylvania delegation, House and Senate. At home in Pennsylvania, his district office has handled almost 15,000 constituent cases over the past two and a half years + four times the Congressional average + and his staff has helped more than 820 of his constituents avoid foreclosure on their homes.

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