During his distinguished 31-year career in the United States Navy, Sestak attained the rank of three-star Admiral and served in the White House, Pentagon, and in operational commands at sea. He served as President Clinton’s Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council, oversaw the Navy’s warfare budget as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and led a series of commands at sea, culminating in command of the USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle Group during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sestak received $1000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Joe Sestak in his successful 2008 House of Representatives run as candidate for Pennsylvania. The Council is also supporting Joe Sestak in his 2010 election campaign. He has also been previously supported by the Council.
Council for a Livable World 2016
Council for a Livable World Senate endorsed candidates in 2016 were Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Deborah Ross (D-N.C.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio).
According to the Council;
- Joe is a vigorous backer of the Iran nuclear agreement. He recently stated, “I have been a vocal and written supporter of coming to this agreement for a number of years — while Pat Toomey was writing a letter to the Ayatollah of Iran telling him to ignore our presidency, and even was calling yesterday to not implement the accord.”
- In the House, he quickly emerged as one of the leading voices calling to bring our troops home from Iraq. While he served in Congress, he earned a progressive voting record on issues like missile defense and Afghanistan. He favors policies that would reduce the threats of nuclear weapons and opposes expensive and ineffective missile defense systems. He supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and removing nuclear weapons from hair trigger alert.
- “With the end of the Cold War, the rationale for keeping thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert evaporated. We should work with Russia to reduce the number of weapons on hair-trigger alert to the lowest possible level, to reduce the risk of an accidental, mistaken or unauthorized nuclear launch.”
Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade
On Jan. 27, 2010, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott led 52 other members of Congress in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, calling for him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza. Joe Sestak was one of the signatories of the letter.  The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.
J Sreet endorsement
"CAIR does such important and necessary work in a difficult environment to change such perceptions and wrongs -- from racial profiling and civil rights to promoting justice and mutual understanding -- at a time when it is challenging to be an American-Muslim." - former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) (April 2007). 
- Schrader's website with the House of Representatives
- Sestak's campaign website for the Senate race, 2010
- CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
- CLW website: Who We've Helped Elect
- CLW 2016 Senate candidates
- The Minnesota Independent: Ellison, McCollum and Oberstar urge Obama to lift Gaza blockade, Jan. 26, 2010 (accessed on March 14, 2011)
- J Street 2008 Annual Report
- [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)