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Joseph Sestak

Joseph Sestak

Member of Congress

Class of 1974
  • Representative - Pennsylvania, 2007-2011



Joe Sestak served as a Representative from Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Delaware County and parts of Chester and Montgomery Counties.

He was raised in Delaware County. After graduating from Cardinal O'Hara High School, he followed in the footsteps of his father, a Navy captain who served in World War II, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated second in his class. He also holds a MPA, and a PhD in Political Economy and Government, from Harvard University.

He spent 31 years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of three-star Admiral. During his career in the Navy, Joe led a series of operational commands, culminating in the command of the George Washington aircraft carrier battle group, which consisted of 30 U.S. and allied ships, 15,000 sailors, and close to 100 aircraft. Under Joe's watch, the George Washington battle group conducted combat operations in Afghanistan and precursor operations to the war in Iraq.

Joe also served in President Clinton's White House as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council. After 9/11, he was selected to serve as the first Director of "Deep Blue," the Navy's anti-terrorism unit where he worked to establish new strategies for the Navy to fight the Global War on Terror.

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