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Rep. Joe Sestak

Former Representative from Pennsylvania’s 7th District, Democrat

Sestak, a Democrat, was the representative for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district from 2007 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Joe Sestak [D-PA7, 2007-2010]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Sestak sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sestak is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Sestak was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sestak sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Taxation (13%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Education (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Commerce (9%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Sestak’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sestak’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Con.Res. 308 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Jul 29, 2010. Passed 231/189.
Nay H.Con.Res. 282 (111th): Providing for an adjournment or recess of the two Houses.
May 27, 2010. Passed 230/187.
Nay H.R. 1575 (111th): End Government Reimbursement of Excessive Executive Disbursements (End GREED) Act
Apr 1, 2009. Failed 223/196.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2010, Sestak missed 195 of 3,531 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. ProPublica has tracked 3 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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