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Rep. Joe Sestak

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th District

Sestak was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2007 to 2010.

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

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sestak is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sestak sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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 voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: