Joe Sestak's file


Democrat from Pennsylvania

Joe Sestak is a retired admiral and former congressman from a suburban Philadelphia district. He defeated incumbent Arlen Specter for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2010, but lost in the general election to Republican Pat Toomey.

Recent stories featuring Joe Sestak

Who is Joe Sestak? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Joe Sestak spent 31 years in the Navy, retiring as an admiral. He then ousted a Republican U.S. House incumbent from Pennsylvania. But after winning re-election once, Sestak twice failed in U.S. Senate bids, in 2010 and 2016. In late June 2019, Sestak joined roughly two dozen other Democrats running for president.

Campaign ads that mattered

Most campaign ads this year pummeled viewers into submission -- or apathy. But a few didn't. Here are eight that changed the trajectory of their races.

Truth: Rare in Election 2010, but not entirely absent

Occasionally candidates and other political groups told the truth this campaign season. Here are a few examples.

Rating tax attacks in Pennsylvania Senate race

Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak have beat up on each other with advertisements over tax policy. We sort through the charges.